Who’s There? by Kerena Swan @KerenaSwan @BOTBSPUBLICITY #WhosThere #BlogTour #SuspenseThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Promo and Publicity for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Who’s There? by Kerena Swan.

Who's There? by [Swan, Kerena]


Appearances can be deceptive…

Arnold Eastwood is thrilled when social services allocate him a flat all of his own. Independence hasn’t come easily to a young man with Downs Syndrome but now he has the chance to live free from his mum’s nagging, find a girlfriend, watch endless movies and make new friends.
Meanwhile, a London drug gang is setting up a supply line in Arnold’s town. They’re looking for someone to deliver drugs for them and somewhere to set up a base of operations.
Soon Arnold and his flat are in the drug gang’s sights. Drawn into the dark underworld of crack cocaine and modern slavery, Arnold soon discovers that friends can, in fact, be deadly enemies.
The question is: can he break free?


Who’s There?


Arnold Eastwood wants his own place to live independently from his family but his mum would be much happier if he would stay with them. The council have offered him a flat in one of the less desirable housing estates and he is determined to move there. The problem is, Arnold has Down Syndrome and is far too trusting of people.

There are a couple of other stories running along side Arnold’s which are also about other vulnerable young people that have slipped under the radar due to the overworked social service system. Chip at only fourteen had been taken under the wing of a London drug dealer and saw him as the closest thing he had to family.

When Chip is sent into the suburbs to set up a new place to sell drugs to the kids in the surrounding area he latches on to Saskia and moves into her flat to work from there. Arnold now lives next door to her. It isn’t long before the drug dealer moves in too where he soon gets them all involved up to their necks in the making and supplying of drugs.

Back at Arnold’s mum’s things have taken a turn for the worse, with his sister back home and out of work and serious health problems for his mum. With no-one to keep their eye on Arnold, he is soon feeling out of his depth and frightened.

The author has personal experience in social services and with children that have disabilities and this definitely comes across in the story. The characters have an authenticity about them, making them feel real. It shows how the drug dealer works making situations where it is impossible to get out of for anyone vulnerable. Arnold had lived quite a sheltered life at home so had been an easy target. A real eye-opener of a story that will stay with you.

I wish to thank Book on the Bright Side Promo and Publicity for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


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Kerena Swan trained as a Social Worker and worked for Social Services for over 25 years. For the past 14 years she has owned and managed an ‘outstanding’ rated agency for children with disabilities. Following serious illnesses she decided to fulfil her long-held ambition of writing a book and getting it published. ‘Dying to See You’, published by Bloodhound Books, was her debut novel.

After many years of writing professionally in the course of her work, Kerena has discovered the exhilaration and deep joy of writing fiction and can be found at all hours in front of her computer. Her second novel ‘Scared to Breathe’ is now available and her third book, ‘Who’s There?’ will be released on December 13th 2019.

Kerena lives with her family in a small village in Bedfordshire, UK and her books are set in the surrounding areas.

Drawing on her extensive knowledge and experience of the problematic world of social work and social studies, Kerena adds a unique angle to the domestic noir and crime genre.

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Black Summer (Washington Poe #2) by Mike Craven @MWCravenUK @LittleBrownUK #BlackSummer #WashingtonPoe #BlogReview #NetGalley


Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.

So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.

Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?

And then Elizabeth goes missing again – and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.


Black Summer (Washington Poe Book 2)


The opening scene feels quite intimate in a bizarre way as I was introduced to a confident gentleman in the three-star Michelin restaurant that he owns, he is entertaining another man, who seems quite out of place. The main course is that of a small bird called Ortolan Bunting, that has to be prepared in a rather unique way which is both fascinating and macabre. The story jumps back two weeks to a young woman who was thought to have been murdered but has clearly come back from the dead seven years later.

I was thrilled to be back with Detective Sargeant Washington Poe and his super side-kick of a partner Tilly Bradshaw. What an incredible pairing they are. Tilly seems a little more confident in this book although still a social misfit, not that she would ever notice. She made me laugh and smile at the most inopportune moments and love that she has created her own band of out of the box thinking misfits like herself.

Poe is in deep trouble in this story as a past open and shut case becomes a nightmare that could ruin him and end his career and freedom. Poe’s frustration just oozes from these chapters but his gut feeling still won’t believe the undeniable facts. Jared Keaton is smarmy and arrogant and loves himself above all others. Yes, the traits of a really nasty psychopath with an unstoppable need to be top no matter what it takes.

This is a brilliant twisty story that will entertain readers of this young series or as a standalone read. Loving both books so far and can’t wait for the next encounter with Poe and Tilly at the helm.

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


M.W. Craven

M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at the tender age of sixteen. He spent the next ten years travelling the world having fun, leaving in 1995 to complete a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. Thirty-one years after leaving Cumbria, he returned to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventually working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals . . .

The Puppet Show, the first in a two-book deal he signed with the Little, Brown imprint, Constable in 2017, was released to critical acclaim in hardback in 2018. It has been sold in numerous foreign territories and the production company Studio Lambert, creators of the award-winning Three Girls, have optioned it for TV. The sequel, Black Summer, follows in June 2019.

M. W. Craven is married and lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn’t out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.


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Gone (Dr Bloom) by Leona Deakin @LeonaDeakin1 @TransworldBooks #BlogTour #Gone #Dr.Bloom #RandomThingsTours #NetGalley @annecater

Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Gone by Leona Deakin


Four strangers are missing. Left at their last-known locations are birthday cards that read:


The police aren’t worried – it’s just a game. But the families are frantic. As psychologist and private detective Dr Augusta Bloom delves into the lives of the missing people, she finds something that binds them all.

And that something makes them very dangerous indeed.

As more disappearances are reported and new birthday cards uncovered, Dr Bloom races to unravel the mystery and find the missing people.

But what if, this time, they are the ones she should fear?


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Just thinking about this book gives me that feeling in my tummy when I go over a humpback bridge. This is an absolutely top of the league read and what makes it even more thrilling is that this is the author’s debut!

From the opening couple of chapters, I knew that I was going to love this book. Four people have disappeared on their birthdays, all of them leaving behind a very unique birthday card with a message, Your Gift is the Game. Do You Want to Play? They all came from different backgrounds, had different jobs and family and now they were all gone without a trace. One of the ‘victims’ was known to ex-secret service agent Marcus Jameson, who worked alongside psychologist Dr Augusta Bloom in their P.I. business. As the story unfolds something very disturbing begins to come to light.

The chapters go backwards and forwards to a much younger Dr Bloom and her work with psychopaths and what makes them tick, a very under the microscope type look through very clinical eyes. Other chapters follow a young girl at school who has recently been in pretty serious trouble.

I have to say that I was truly fascinated with this story and loved the working relationship between Jameson and Bloom, each so very different and yet on the same page in so many ways. Jameson a bit of a nerd that tries to fit in and Bloom a woman that I felt was constantly evolving. The story held a fabulous pace making it a straight-through read in one sitting for me.

I really am so excited to think that this is the start of a series. A brilliant pairing of Bloom and Jameson. Loved this book.

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


Leona Deakin
Leona Deakin started her career as a psychologist with the West Yorkshire Police. She is now an occupational psychologist and lives with her family in Leeds. This is her debut thriller.


Twitter: @LeonaDeakin1

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The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @Bookouture #BookReview #NetGalley #NewRelease #Suspense #Thriller #PoliceProceedrual

The Blossom Twins: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 5) by [Wyer, Carol]


Their parents thought they were hiding…

One beautiful summer’s evening, thirteen-year-old twins Ivy and Erin Westmore snuggle down in a tent in their back garden, giggling and sharing secrets.

When their mother goes to wake the girls the next morning, their tent is empty.

The alarm is raised and Detective Natalie Ward is put onto the case. When the twins’ bodies are discovered on nearby marshland, covered with deep pink petals, an icy shiver travels down Natalie’s spine. Everything about the girls’ deaths reminds her of a horrifying case she worked on earlier in her career, which saw a killer of the worst kind placed behind bars.

The next day, that feeling is heightened when she receives a chilling note saying ‘I’m back’. Is this killer a copycat or did Natalie put the wrong person in prison all those years ago? In a small town, where no stranger goes unnoticed, what is Natalie missing?

Consumed by the case, determined to prevent more deaths, Natalie misses the fact that it is her attention the killer wants. And to get it, he has his sights set firmly on her precious daughter Leigh…

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.


The Blossom Twins: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 5)


When a young girl, that disappeared at a concert is found dead the following day, there is something that niggles Detective Natalie Ward from the past. Then when twins go missing during a camping night out, in their own garden, and are then both found dead, Natalie’s worst nightmare is about to begin. The past isn’t just rearing its ugly head it has come to devour her.

This must be every detective’s worse nightmare! Natalie wasn’t only heading the investigations into the murders of three young girls that were obviously connected but she was also in turmoil that the man who had been convicted of identical crimes, a few years early, had been innocent. A taunting note from the murderer confirmed her suspicions.

Natalie is pulled to pieces in her personal life too as her marital problems surface and tough decisions have to be made that will affect not just her and David but their children too. The more I read the more it made my blood run cold at how vulnerable and gullible we are no matter how many times we read about safety.

The no holds barred writing is gritty and never pulls punches. You feel what is going to happen before it does but you can’t stop reading. I admit to being an emotional listener to books. The last few chapters I wouldn’t have been able to read myself, listening gave the story a constant flow for me and it was incredible. The atmosphere tingled, ridged feelings were so intense with lines that couldn’t be crossed. This was so very powerful!

This was an emotional read from the start but by the end of the book the characters had been put through a shredder and it would be an impossible task to ever pieces them back together as they had been before. I crumbled and was in pieces and have had to write this review a week after I finished the book. I just couldn’t face doing it before now.

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


Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.
Her book, GRUMPY OLD MENOPAUSE won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
Carol moved to the ‘dark side’ in 2017 with the first Di Robyn Carter thriller. LITTLE GIRL LOST became the #2 best-selling book on Amazon, #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible and a Top 150 USA Today best-seller.
To date the DI Robyn Carter and DI Natalie Ward series have sold over half a million copies, earning her acclaim as a crime writer.
2019 sees the release of two romantic comedies and three DI Natalie Ward novels, including the much anticipated THE DARE and THE SLEEPOVER.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.


Twitter: @carolewyer



The Blossom Twins: An absolutely gripping crime thriller (Detective Natalie Ward Book 5) by [Wyer, Carol]


Life is Yours by Abigail Yardimci @AbigailYardimci @BNBBooks #BlogTour #LifeIsYoursTheNovel #BookReview #BritainsNextBestseller

I was delighted to be invited on the Blog Tour for Life is Yours by Abigail Yardimci


Who can say what has brought Jess and Lindy together?
Maybe it’s the beach, the stars and the warm Turkish night air. But they may as well get settled for the night, because Jess has a story to tell and Lindy is ready to listen . . .
Jess had life sorted. A gang of great mates, an adoring fiancé and a thriving business – she couldn’t have asked for more. But the proverbial rug is whipped out from under her feet when the fiancé makes a sharp exit on New Year’s Eve. Therein follows the Week From Hell, eternally streaked mascara and Chardonnay-a-plenty.
But this is the story of a woman on a path. Sure, there are a number of trips and falls along the way but Jess is on a journey that will change her life. On a boring business course, she remembers what she really wants; in strange new friendships, new ideas grow; and a last-minute discount holiday to Turkey helps her heart wake up to a whole new rhythm.

A rhythm that is just beginning to get going . . .


Life is Yours: From heartbreak to heart awake

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When Abigail Yardimci’s life fell apart she found another side of herself that had been trampled and beaten down trying always to be the person someone else saw her as. The way that she has found it best to share her journey is to put her own personal experience into a fictional story. This has allowed her to open up her own feelings through another character, sort of seeing things from the outside in.

When Jess came across Lindy on a Turkish beach at night they begin to talk and Jess knew that the best way to help Lindy was to tell her about her own life. Jess thought that her life was sorted. A man she loved, house and business but when she came home to an ‘I don’t know if this is what I want message’, from her fella it bowled her over. She crumpled unable to see any sort of future for herself.

Like in any break up there is that period of loss to adjust to. The why? anger, acceptance and letting go. Confidence is at its lowest and self-belief non-existant. Jess has her first breakthrough when follows her own aims in life, not a maybe outcome offered by her ex-partner.

When Jess goes to a business conference with her friend where they have to attend a number of sessions, one of them is a talk by a self-help mentor but what she thought it would be like and how it was just amazed her. The change in Jess and her friend began straight away. The tone of the story changed as with simple changes and stepping back and looking at a situation from a positive perspective, putting her more in control of her life and the direction it was going.

Jess began a challenge of 100 days of positive action. A brilliant concept. This was a fabulous book to read then look at the changes that I could make in my life, finding positive solutions rather than frustrations. I loved that the author introduced these methods through a story that myself, and I am sure a lot of other readers can relate to their own lives.

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



Abigail Yardimci is an author, blogger and creative mindfulness practitioner. She is a Geordie girl living by the sea in South Devon with her Turkish husband and two terrifying kids. She loves to blog and gets her kicks through mindful parenting styles, creative living and chocolate.

Her writing inspiration comes from scratching the surface of everyday life to find the underlying magic that connects us all. The fire beneath the frustration, the creativity beneath the boredom, the stillness beneath the chaos.

Abigail’s debut novel, ‘Life Is Yours’ is published as the first of a trilogy by BNBS Books and was released on Amazon on 3oth September 2019.

Abigail stays sane in the world of parenting by writing a popular blog called ‘Mum In The Moment’. You can find and follow her blog at


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Silent Winter by Maggie James @mjamesfiction @BOTBSPublicity #psychological #suspense #novels #BlogTour #SilentWinter

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Silent Winter by Maggie James.

Silent Winter by [James, Maggie]


No sound. No light. No hope.

On an icy November night, Drew Blackmore is beaten unconscious, then abducted.  He awakes to find himself in total darkness, naked and chained to the floor.  Fed just enough to keep him alive, Drew is unable to identify his captor, or the reason for his incarceration. As reality fades, hallucinations take over. Can Drew escape his prison before madness claims him?

Meanwhile Drew’s wife, Holly, despairing of ever seeing him again, turns to his brother for comfort. As the worst winter in decades sweeps the UK, she learns of Drew’s tragic past. Could his disappearance be connected with that of a prostitute years before?

A story of how the mind responds to solitary confinement, Silent Winter examines one man’s desperate attempt to survive the unthinkable.


Silent Winter


I love Maggie James books which are always dark and very disturbing in the most delicious way and this was no exception.

When Drew Blackmore is abducted he opens his eyes to a world of complete darkness and total isolation with no idea who his abductor could be or why he has been taken. Chained and naked his body weakens and his mind seems to evaporate into his pitch-black world as the weeks take their toll.

His wife Holly is emotionally shredded not knowing why her husband has vanished. She and her brother in law understand each other’s loss but sit on a fine line that could so easily be crossed.

Maggie James takes you into the mind of these main players in the story where you find out more of what makes them behave as they do. Sometimes it isn’t the choices that we make that make us who we are, it is the choices of people caring for us because if you know no better then this is a normal life, the only way you know.

This is such a brilliantly crafted and layered story of so many damaged people on a never-ending treadmill. Oh wow, when I thought things couldn’t get darker I was whisked into another damaged mind. The story cleverly unfolds tieing up loose ends of peoples lives leading to a pretty mind-blowing conclusion!  This is Maggie James on top form.

I wish to thank the author for an e-copy of this book for the Blog Tour, which I have reviewed honestly.



Maggie James is a British author who lives near Newcastle. She writes psychological suspense novels.

Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!










Maggie James – psychological suspense novelist

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Die Alone by Simon Kernick @simonkernick @PenguinUKBooks #DieAlone #NetGalley #NewRelease #TheBoneFieldTrilogy

Die Alone by [Kernick, Simon]


“Simon Kernick is an absolute master of the adrenaline-fuelled ride” – PETER JAMES

The new high-octane thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author Simon Kernick

Alastair Sheridan has it all. Wealth, good looks, a beautiful wife and children and, in the chaotic world of British politics, a real chance of becoming Prime Minister.

But Alastair also has a secret. He’s a serial killer with a taste for young women.

Only a handful of people know what kind of monster he is, and disgraced detective Ray Mason is one of them.

Awaiting trial for murder, Ray is unexpectedly broken free by armed men and given an offer: assassinate Alastair Sheridan and begin a new life abroad with a new identity. The men claim to be from MI6. They say that Sheridan is a threat to national security and needs to be neutralised. Ray knows they are not who they say they are, and that their real motives are far darker.

The only person Ray trusts is ex-cop and former lover Tina Boyd, who’s keen to settle her own scores with Sheridan.

With enemies on every side, only one thing is certain.

No one wants them to get out alive.


Die Alone


Although this is the final book in The Bone Field Trilogy it is a fabulous stand-alone read too. When disgraced ex DI Ray Mason, is broken out of prison, where he is serving time for murder, he is given a choice. Assassinate high ranking politician and potential Prime Minister Alastair Sheridan and have a new start and new identity abroad, or go back to prison. This is a chance for Mason to rid the world of a psycho, although he knows the people offering him a new start aren’t who they say they are.

This is a fabulous book that is one adrenaline rush of pure pleasure as this cat and mouse game begins. When the hit, where Sheridan should have been, turns out to be someone else it is still a win-win situation for Mason, taking him one step near to fulfilling a promise to a young girl’s, now ageing, parents. The police are quickly on the scene, making it obvious that he has been set up for taking the fall for with the gang that broke him out of prison. This leaves Mason no choice as his calls on his former partner and lover Tina Boyd to help him.

The story went up yet another notch, as Tina rapidly became a top player in the story. Loved this ballsy lady who found herself up to her neck in the action and as sort after as Mason. There is a lot of masculine tension going on with two past lovers in her now turbulent life as well as a worthy adversary that could be her match. The depth of deprivation of Sheridan is something that he doesn’t have to seek himself as the right people serve his needs as if he was simply ordering dessert. You just know that some people just can’t be and don’t want to be mended.

A tremendous all-action super high class read. Superb.


Simon Kernick
Well where do I start? I wanted to be a writer ever since I was old enough to pick up a pen. I started with one page stories that I illustrated myself (badly) and, as I grew older, the stories got longer. For a long time I just wrote for myself, enjoying the process of disappearing off to new, imaginative worlds, but eventually, while working as a salesman in London I experienced this desperate desire to get published.
I’ve always been a huge crime fiction and thriller fan so I wrote a crime novel that, unfortunately, pretty much every literary agent and publisher in the land rejected. So I wrote another one with exactly the same result. I have enough rejection letters to decorate a whole house- three hundred in all-but finally I struck gold with my first novel, The Business of Dying, about a cop who moonlights as a hit man named Dennis Milne. It was released in 2002 (seven years after I first tried to get published!) and was described as ‘the crime debut of the year’ by The Independent, which was a very nice compliment.
Since then I’ve written a book a year (fifteen in all now) as well as a total of three novellas. I specialise in very fast-paced thrillers set over a short space of time which I like to think grab the reader from the very first page and don’t let go. My fifth novel, Relentless, was a Richard and Judy summer read, and the ninth and tenth, The Last Ten Seconds and The Payback, both reached number 1 in the UK book charts, so they’re good, I promise!
I don’t have a series as such and most of the books can be read as standalones, but I do have recurring characters. Dennis Milne, my vigilante cop, returns in A Good Day to Die and The Payback, and my female detective, Tina Boyd- a woman who finds herself in dangerous situations seemingly at every turn- appears in the vast majority of the recent books.
Anyway, I hope you get a chance to take a look at one or more of them and please feel free to let me know your thoughts.
Happy reading.


Twitter: @simonkernick

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The Lies We Hide by S.E. Lynes @SELynesAuthor @bookouture #TheLiesWeHide #BlogTour #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy, representing Bookouture, for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour for The Lies We Hide by S.E. Lynes’

The Lies We Hide: An absolutely gripping and darkly compelling novel by [Lynes, S.E.]


The truth can set you free, or make you a prisoner…

Thirty years ago, Nicola Watson lived with her parents and older brother in a respectable suburb. At ten years old, she didn’t yet understand why her stomach tightened when she heard her father’s heavy tread as he returned home late at night, or why it made her brother Graham’s stammer get worse, or why one night her mother Carol woke them both, wide-eyed and whispering, and took them out of their home and into the unknown.

Now a successful lawyer in the city, with a life poles apart from her dark beginnings, Nicola has returned home for her mother’s funeral. But as she stands in her mother’s house, remembering the woman who sacrificed everything for her children, Nicola has to confront the guilt that she feels for leaving her family behind. And the belief that she played a part in the events that led to her brother going to prison for murder.


The Lies We Hide: An absolutely gripping and darkly compelling novel


When Nicola returns to her mother’s home to sort out her possessions, after she had died, she comes across things that jolt her memories from childhood. She had only been 10 years old when her mum woke her and her brother up to leave in the middle of the night. The memories that her mum Carol had shared with her, began to fit together like a jigsaw, her innocence of childhood was going to crumble around her the more she dug into the past.

Susie Lynes captured the late 1960s and 70s perfectly as the story drops back to the night Ted asked Carol to marry him. She was expecting their first child, Graham, then Nicola came along later. They lived in a really nice place but Ted had a quick temper and heavy hand which made Carol a punch bag and left Graham with a stammer.

The story follows the family and how it affected all of them through their lives. Escaping wasn’t the end of it for the family it was the beginning of a completely different life for them all. The fear had been in the house where they lived but now it was straight outside their door as their lives moulded into their environment. Graham particularly had been affected the most of the two children.

There are some salt of the earth people in the story, life long friends and men that are true gentlemen but the story has a much deeper darker side, heartbreaking, tragic and desperate. This isn’t an easy story to read for its content. It is unforgettable. It is an era captured perfectly. It is what love is, unconditionally protection.

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


S. E. Lynes

Amazon best selling author of ‘intelligent and haunting’ psychological thrillers VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL and THE WOMEN.

S E Lynes is a writer, tutor and mentor. Formerly a BBC producer, she has lived in France, Spain, Scotland, Italy, and now lives in Greater London with her husband, three kids and her dog, Lola.

Her critically acclaimed debut, VALENTINA, was published by Blackbird Digital Books in July 2016. Her second novel, MOTHER was published by Bookouture in 2017, followed in 2018 by THE PACT and THE PROPOSAL. In August 2018, VALENTINA was published in a new edition by Bookouture and THE WOMEN was released in 2019. Her new novel, the dark and gripping family drama, THE LIES WE HIDE, is published Dec 4th 2019.

Susie Lynes has also published two children’s books in Italy: Il Leopardo Lampo and La Coccodrilla Ingamba, both available at


Twitter: @SELynesAuthor

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The Dead Don’t Sleep by Steven Max Russo @DownAndOutBooks #TheDeadDontSleep #DownAndOutBooks

The Dead Don't Sleep by [Russo, Steven Max]


Frank Thompson, a recent widower and ageing Vietnam veteran is down from Maine visiting his nephew, Bill, and his family in New Jersey.

While at a trap range, he and his nephew have a chance encounter with a strange man who claims to remember Frank from the war.

That night, the windows in Bill’s home are shattered along with the quiet peaceful lives the two men had been living.

Three veterans from a special combat unit directed by the CIA during the Vietnam War have gathered to discuss what they are going to do about a man they claim killed one of their own over forty years ago.

Jasper, Birdie and Pogo were part of a team that called themselves the National League All-Stars. They were a squad of psychopathic killers trained by Special Forces to cause death and mayhem during the war. Now, they have banded together to hunt down and kill the professional soldier who led them all those years ago.

Drawing on his military training and a resurgent bloodlust from his tortured past, Frank prepares for a final, violent reckoning that will bring him full circle with the war that never left him.


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The story opens back in Vietnam with a special op trained unit moving through the jungle, what follows won’t ever be forgotten or forgiven by the men that call themselves All-Stars.

Forty years later, Frank Thompson’s wife has recently died so he is taking a break from his home in Maine to visit his nephew Bill and his family in New Jersey. When Frank and Bill go to a shooting range a man confronts Frank and says that he knows him from the past. It is clear from the encounter that it won’t be the last time they see each other. Frank knows that he must head for home and the familiar ground where he knows there will be more than just one man that comes after him.

The special ops unit were made up of the psychos of yesteryear that simply didn’t have a switch-off button, no matter who got in their way, so this was a chance for them not just to get even but also feed that adrenaline rush of the hunt and kill that had laid dormant. Jasper, Birdie and Pogo had an arsenal of weapons, pills and booze just like the old days but Frank was getting ready at home too.

There is enough background at the beginning of the story to create tension right from chapter one that builds and spikes towards the final encounter. The characters are well defined with only five of them having major roles. I got a real sense of fear to think that a government could purposely nurture and enhance these men to use as weapons then just send them home and hope that the flood gate they had opened would dry up. The descriptions of the guns were lost on me but I am sure these would mean something to lots of other readers.

Frank was no saint in the war but he had a conscience and was able to live a relatively normal life, he would never forget the past, but he wasn’t ready to die yet. He was like a man with two lives. The gentle man that everyone knew in the small community where he lived and the quick thinking special ops veteran that had been given a free hand in getting a job done in the war. These may have been old men but somethings you never forgot.

Bill was a little gem in the story but that last chapter just made my blood run cold. Brilliant read.


Steven Max Russo

Steven Max Russo has spent most of his professional career as an advertising copywriter and agency owner. He got interested in writing fiction after one of his short stories was accepted by an online literary journal in 2013. Then he caught the bug and began writing seriously. The publication of his first novel, THIEVES, has garnered praise from renowned crime and thriller authors from around the globe. With a gritty writing style and unique voice, he is quickly winning a legion of new fans. Steve is proud to call New Jersey his home.


The Dead Don't Sleep by [Russo, Steven Max]

What She Saw Last Night by MJ Cross @MasonCrossBooks @OrionBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #NetGalley #WhatSheSawLastNight #Thriller

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for What She Saw Last Night by MJ Cross

What She Saw Last Night by [Cross, Mason]


A secret that could kill her.

A truth no one believes…

Jenny Bowen is going home. Boarding the Caledonian Sleeper, all she wants to do is forget about her upcoming divorce and relax on the ten-hour journey through the night.

In her search for her cabin, Jenny helps a panicked woman with a young girl she assumes to be her daughter. Then she finds her compartment and falls straight to sleep.

Waking in the night, Jenny discovers the woman dead in her cabin … but there’s no sign of the little girl. The train company have no record of a child being booked on the train, and CCTV shows the dead woman boarding alone.

The police don’t believe Jenny, and soon she tries to put the incident out of her head and tells herself that everyone else is right: she must have imagined the little girl.

But deep down, she knows that isn’t the truth.


What She Saw Last Night


Jenny Bowen is at her emotional lowest after the death of her father and discovery of her now estranged husband’s infidelity but fate was cruelly going to throw something else in her way. Jenny was boarding the overnight sleeper train from London to her dad’s former home in Glasgow when she helps a young woman with a little girl on the train. When in the night she leaves her cabin to go to the loo she sees the woman dead on the floor of her cabin and alerts the guard.

When the police arrive the woman’s death is put down to a self-inflicted overdose but when Jenny asks about the little girl she is nowhere to be found and no-one can recall ever seeing her. Jenny can’t let it rest, she knows what she saw and begins to dig into who the woman was and where the child could be. Only one person believes her Sergeant Mike Fletcher but to help her it means putting his job on the line.

This is one edgy read that keeps you on your toes. Jenny is much stronger than she thought she could be and has no intention of letting up but there are far bigger people willing to do anything to stop her. The body count around her begins to pile up putting her and anyone she knows in grave danger.

There are some really hairy moments within these pages from an author who definitely knows how to shock and throw his readers off-balance. I love that having to just step back take a couple of minutes then carry on reading. It makes it all seem more real being so unpredictable. The bad guys really got to me, especial one, you will know when you meet him. I loved the scenes on the underground in London and the contrast of the countryside just outside Glasgow, both as deadly. A brilliant ending.

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


Mason Cross
Mason Cross is a British novelist whose debut novel The Killing Season was longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Book of the Year 2015. His second novel, The Samaritan, also featuring his inimitable lead character Carter Blake, was selected as a Richard & Judy Book Club pick. Mason has written a number of short stories, including A Living, which was shortlisted for the Quick Reads ‘Get Britain Reading’ Award and ‘Expiry Date’, published in Ellery Queen. He lives near Glasgow with his wife and three children.

Mason’s latest novel Presumed Dead was longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2018 and is available to buy now.


Twitter: @MasonCrossBooks