Throttled (The Quirk Files Book 2) by A B Morgan @AliMorgan2304 @HobeckBooks #PublicationDay #NewRelease #BookReview

Throttled (The Quirk Files Book 2) by [A B Morgan]


Scott Fletcher is dead – his lifeless body in a pool of blood.

Sarah Holden’s life is turned upside-down the day she is discovered with her fiancé’s body next to the motorbike he’d been working on. She has blood on her hands, but the screams do not come.

If she didn’t kill him, then who did?

The answer seems too easy. The likely culprit too obvious.

With a dead husband and now dead fiancé, is Sarah just unlucky in love?

Peddyr and Connie Quirk, husband-and-wife private investigators, are brought in to unravel the tangle, prove Sarah’s innocence and find the true culprit. As they are about to discover, the truth is sometimes much more than skin deep.

Throttled is the second novel in the brilliant Quirk Files crime series, full of cleverly drawn characters, quirky humour and dark plot twists to leave you gasping for more.


Throttled (The Quirk Files Book 2)


I jumped up and down and clapped my hands when I saw that the Quirks were back in business in their second outing in this hopefully long series. This husband and wife team are the perfect pairing for this intriguing story, which has thrills, tension and laughable moments. Peddry is the frontman, but his wife Connie is just as much the star. Connie is impulsive, especially when she knows that she is onto something. It is like her caution catches up with her and goes into over driver about everything that could go wrong. She makes me as giddy as her.

From the first page of the story, I knew that this would be a one-sitting book and cringed at everything Sarah Holden did after discovering her fiancé’s dead body. I nodded my head at rapid speed, knowing that the reaction she had to what she saw was how I would behave. She laughed uncontrollably, which did not help her situation one bit. I had to laugh!

I could not take to Sarah, with her rose-coloured spectacles, where her dead fiancé Scott and spoilt annoying son Ryan was concerned, though I did feel sorry for the son. For someone who was used to getting his own way, Ryan was slow at realising just what a catch twenty-two situation he was in.

There weren’t many characters in the story that are nice but believe me, the Quirks make up for that. They dig that bit deeper, ask the prying questions that bit more and entertained me again page after page. Connie knows how to get the best from people, and she does it in style.

I enjoyed the background on the motorbikes, they hold a place in my past, which I treasure as one of the best times in my life. When the smell of them was mentioned, I could bring it to life in my mind.
It is a top story, brilliant characters, and the Quirks. I could not ask for more!

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


AB Morgan

Alison Morgan: A former mental health nurse, Alison sings along to the radio, argues with the TV, and chats to the dog. People are her inspiration and she watches them closely… all the while plotting a murder. Not that she would ever do such a thing, because she loves to laugh, eat sausages, paddle in the sea, ride a motorbike and banter with family and friends.

Her crime thrillers have a strong cast of characters helping to define the style and pace of each story inspired by her life, her career and her fascination with the extremes of human behaviour.

AB Morgan, critically acclaimed author of crime mystery and suspense, has been applauded for being ‘refreshingly different within the genre.’

Her latest series The Quirk Files is published by Hobeck Books.

Twitter @AliMorgan2304

Throttled (The Quirk Files Book 2) by [A B Morgan]

So Many Ways of Loving by Christine Webber @1chriswebber #PublicationDay #SoManyWaysOfLoving #BookReview #BlogTour

Firstly, I wish to thank Christine Webber, the author of this book, for inviting me on this wonderful blog tour.

So Many Ways of Loving by [Christine Webber]


So Many Ways of Loving is a novel in which, at first glance, nothing much happens – there’s no espionage, no high-speed car chases, murders, or haunted houses. But in a sense, everything happens – loss, death, grief, serious illness, but also birth, unexpected romance, fresh adventures and numerous possibilities. Three women in their 50s and 60s travel through the most momentous year of their lives, and as they do so, they are reminded of just how much we depend upon family, friends and pets.

Dr Max Pemberton – psychiatrist and Daily Mail columnist – who has provided the cover quote for So Many Ways of Loving, says: ‘This is a poignant and insightful tale of widowhood and other challenges of later life which really resonated with my clinical experience.’


So Many Ways of Loving


Life is full of chances and being in the right place at the right time. When three strangers answer an advert to work for a new company, the seminar they are sitting through isn’t what they thought it would be. Impulsively, after a brief couple of sentences introducing themselves, they decide to abandon it and head for coffee and cake.

The story only covers the following ten months, but between the three women, they have had over 170 years of living, before they met. Monica, Jen and Lucy couldn’t be more different, but they bounce off each other like forever friends. Within pages of this story, I felt such a bond with all of them. I was nodding along as their thoughts, and lives came to life on the pages. I liked how each chapter had pieces of all three of them, rather than just about one of them at a time. They straight away felt like they belonged together. There is an addition to the three friends, Helen, who sort of sneaks in chapters before becoming the fourth cog in the friendship, later in the book.

Each of their lives unfolds, in this tell-all story of their past, present, and future. I laughed so much, felt my heart quicken with romance and have that going over a bridge feeling in my tummy, felt the empty feeling of losing someone, and at times sobbed ugly tears uncontrollably. Most of all I felt the true friendship that they had for each other.

New characters arrive throughout the story, which impacts the three friends relationship but shows how other people can change who we are. A beautiful story, very well written, and in my opinion, the author’s best work. I won’t forget these three. Just wonderful! Highly recommended.


Christine Webber

Christine Webber tried various careers in her younger days – she was a classical singer, a Principal Boy in pantomimes, an undistinguished actress as well as a piano and singing teacher. Fortunately, for her, when she was thirty, she managed to get a job in television as a continuity announcer, and shortly thereafter she became a news presenter at Anglia TV. Finally, she had found an occupation she liked that other people thought she was good at. This was a massive relief.

In her early forties, she married the love of her life, David Delvin. Soon afterwards, she decided it was time to leave news presenting to train as a psychotherapist and she also became a problem page columnist for various publications including TV Times, Best, BBC Parenting, The Scotsman and Woman. In addition, she regularly broadcast relationship advice on Trisha, The Good Sex Guide …Late and from the BBC’s Breakfast sofa.

In her fifties, she and her husband set up a practice in Harley Street, and they worked together there and collaborated on several books. They also wrote the sex/relationships content on and penned a joint column for the health section of The Spectator.

Over the decades, Christine was commissioned to write ten self-help books including Get the Happiness Habit, How to Mend a Broken Heart and Too Young to Get Old.

Now, in her seventies, her focus is on the issues of mid and later life. She makes video podcasts on positive ageing and writes a column for various regional papers on that theme. She is also a life coach specialising in health and ageing. But she has no plans for any more non-fiction books. Instead, for the past five years she has concentrated on writing novels for and about older people. Previous titles in this genre have been Who’d Have Thought It? and It’s Who We Are.

So Many Ways of Loving is about the major life changes we have to expect as we age, but it also highlights the possibilities of numerous new beginnings as well as our crucial need for strong bonds with friends and families – and pets

Twitter: @1chriswebber

The River Between Us by Liz Fenwick @liz_fenwick @HQstories #NewRelease #BookReview #NetGalley

The River Between Us: Perfect escapist women’s fiction from the bestselling author of books like The Path to the Sea by [Liz Fenwick]


Following the breakdown of her marriage, Theo has bought a tumbledown cottage on the banks of the river Tamar which divides Cornwall and Devon. The peace and tranquillity of Boatman’s Cottage, nestled by the water, is just what she needs to heal.

Yet soon after her arrival, Theo discovers a stash of hidden letters tied with a ribbon, untouched for more than a century. The letters – sent from the battlefields of France during WW1 – tell of a young servant from the nearby manor house, Abbotswood, and his love for a woman he was destined to lose.

As she begins to bring Boatman’s Cottage and its gardens back to life, Theo pieces together a story of star-crossed lovers played out against the river, while finding her own new path to happiness.


The River Between Us


Recently divorced Theo has moved to a county side cottage on a riverbank that separated Devon and Cornwall. Impulsively she had purchased the property unseen and was now finding out that quaint meant in places it was falling apart, and rustic was another way of saying no running water or electrics. She takes it all in her stride and can see in her mind how it will look when it this restored.

As she is assessing each room one at a time, she comes across a stash of letters under one of the bedroom floors, tied neatly with a ribbon. She cannot resist taking a look. The letters are over one hundred years old.

Set on timelines, in the present day and the past, the cottage had kept its secrets well hidden until now. With the opening of each letter, the truth will now come to light. It is outside influences that steer the young couple’s lives and kept them apart. The letters had been sent from the young man across the river, while he was away in France during the 1st World War. They were for the woman he loved. They had lived on each side of the river, and were not free to be together, by either social standing or availability.

The story drops back to events as they had taken place and forbidden love that could ruin both the men and women. In present-day life is going on, with Theo determined to find out who these mystery pair were while forging along with the repairs and friendships she is making. Theo has her own story and secrets. I particularly enjoyed a wedding she got pulled into doing the flowers for. I unashamedly giggled more than once.

The characters, past and present, are very engaging, with strong courageous men and women, who would have been ruined socially because of their choice of loving someone. It is at times heart-breaking, but the sheer strength of these characters is remarkable. Beautifully written, these people will stay with me a long time.

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


Liz Fenwick

Writer, ex-pat expert, wife, mother of three, and dreamer turned doer….

Award winning author of The Cornish House, A Cornish Affair, A Cornish Stranger, Under A Cornish Sky, The Returning Tide, One Cornish Summer, The Path to the Sea and the novella A Cornish Christmas Carol. After ten international moves, I’m a bit of a global nomad. It’s no wonder my heart remains in Cornwall.

The River Between Us out 10 June 2021 and I’m now writing the next book.

My books are available in Dutch, Germany, Portuguese, French, Estonia, Norwegian, Danish, Turkish, Swedish, Latvian, Serbian and Czech.

Twitter: @liz_fenwick

Guardians at the Wall by Tim Walker @timwalker1666 #AlternativeHistory #BookReview #NewRelease

Guardians at the Wall by [Tim Walker]


A group of archaeology students in northern England scrape at the soil near Hadrian’s Wall, once a barrier that divided Roman Britannia from wild Caledonian tribes.
Twenty-year-old Noah makes an intriguing find, but hasn’t anticipated becoming the object of desire in a developing love triangle in the isolated academic community at Vindolanda. He is living his best life, but must learn to prioritise in a race against time to solve an astounding 2,000-year-old riddle, and an artefact theft, as he comes to realise his future career prospects depend on it.
In the same place, in the year 180 C.E., Centurion Gaius Atticianus, hungover and unaware of the bloody conflicts that will soon challenge him, is rattled by the hoot of an owl, a bad omen.
These are the protagonists whose lives will brush together in the alternating strands of this dual timeline historical novel, one trying to get himself noticed and the other trying to stay intact as he approaches retirement.
How will the breathless battles fought by a Roman officer influence the fortunes of a twenty-first century archaeology mud rat? Can naive Noah, distracted by the attentions of two very different women, work out who to trust?
Find out in Tim Walker’s thrilling historical dual timeline novel, Guardians at the Wall.


Guardians at the Wall


I have read several of Tim Walker’s books in the past, but he has taken a new approach with this book, set on dual timelines. I was apprehensive, wondering if it would destroy the flow of the historical story in the past, but the two stories linked nicely together.

The story opens in the present day as a group of third-year archaeology students are part of a dig, at Hadrian’s Wall. Noah Jessop makes the first discovery of interest, giving the rest of them hope of more to come. The students have to choose the subject that they will do their final piece on for university. His choice links to the past and the life of Gaius Atticianus, a Roman in 180CE that lived not far from Hadrian’s Wall and the border separating Roman Britannia and the Caledonian tribes. The two normally kept to their sides, but things were about to change that ripple through the centuries to the present day.

I took a little while to settle into the time changes and was eager to return to the past, and impending battles. Gaius had so far been one of the rare men that could possible retire if he can survive just a little longer. The story tells of him, his native wife and their son. Gaius is a good and fair man. The Romans are ill-prepared when the wall is breached. Tim Walker, the author, creates exciting and, at times, brutal battles of wits and body. The story looks at both sides of the wall and the tactics used by both sides. This will sound traitorous, but I was backing Gaius all the way.

When the story returned to the present day, the more I read and the more I wanted this band of scholars to find the truth from the past. There was a secret, a myth and a lot of enthusiasm if Noah and his fellow students could piece it all together. There are a couple of storylines running that are connected in the present day, which are light and at times made me chuckle, in the nicest possible way. Another top story for this author.

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


Tim Walker

Tim Walker is an independent author based in the UK. His latest book is a thrilling dual timeline novel, Guardians at the Wall, published in June 2021. Archaeologists uncover artefacts that connect them to the life of a Roman centurion in second century Roman Britain.

Tim published three books in 2020 – Perverse (April); Arthur Rex Brittonum (June) and Charly in Space (September).

Arthur, Rex Brittonum, a re-imagining of the King Arthur story, is book five in his historical series, A Light in the Dark Ages, and follows on from 2019’s Arthur Dux Bellorum. Book one in the series is Abandoned (second edition 2018), followed by Ambrosius: Last of the Romans (2017); and book three is Uther’s Destiny (2018). Series book covers are designed by Canadian graphic artist, Cathy Walker. The series connects the end of Roman Britain to elements of the Arthurian legend, presenting an imagined history (inspired by early historical sources) of Britain in the early Medieval period, once called the Dark Ages.

Tim lives near Windsor – close to the River Thames – the inspiration for his first book of short stories, Thames Valley Tales (2015). In September 2017 he published a second book of short stories, Postcards from London. These stories draw on the local history and current affairs of towns and cities along the course of the Thames where the author has lived and worked. A new collection of poems and short fiction, Perverse, was published in April 2020.

His first novel was a political thriller, Devil Gate Dawn, that received pre-publication exposure on the Kindle Scout programme in March/April 2016. It found a wide readership due to its unnerving predictions of a post-Brexit Britain beset by political turmoil under King Charles III’s rule and buckling under attacks from terrorist groups and includes a chapter that anticipated life in Trump America, written a year before his election.

In early 2017 he published his first children’s book, co-authored with his daughter, Cathy – The Adventures of Charly Holmes. Another adventure story was published in 2018 – Charly & The Superheroes, followed by Charly in Space (2020).



Twitter: timwalker1666




Guardians at the Wall by [Tim Walker]

The Pact by Sharon Bolton @AuthorSJBolton @orionbooks @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #ThePact #BlogTour #NewRelease #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog tour for The Pact by Sharon Bolton

The Pact: A dark and compulsive thriller about secrets, privilege and revenge by [Sharon Bolton]


A golden summer, and six talented friends are looking forward to the brightest of futures – until a daredevil game goes horribly wrong, and a woman and two children are killed.

18-year-old Megan takes the blame, leaving the others free to get on with their lives. In return, they each agree to a ‘favour’, payable on her release from prison.

Twenty years later Megan is free.
Let the games begin . . .


The Pact: A dark and compulsive thriller about secrets, privilege and revenge


Six students at a prestigious private sought-after school had become inseparable friends because of their outstanding academic abilities. Five of the elite came from the cream of society, while the sixth had won her scholarship. They were inseparable and felt untouchable from the world. They were wrong.

I can still hear in my mind the first time of this dare. The feverish excitement and buzz. The best high they had ever had until it became something else one night. One of them could make it all go away, or so they thought.

I had read Sharon Bolton books before and loved each one, but this, this is blistering. Oh wow! OK, there was no guessing for me at what would happen in the beginning, but OMG, Sharon Bolton takes you along back from being an adult to being amongst these teenagers that have everything going for them.

The book begins its story in the past and moves pretty rapidly into the present day. The story isn’t rushed, and supplies every emotion it possibly can, taking a shocking path to where they thought they would have had control over.

I thought that the story so far had been gripping in the most horrendous way possible, but the rest of this journey is edgy heart-pounding brilliance. These now grown-up adults had made every year count, but time nor distance could stand in the way of what was coming to them.

I had been lapping up every sentence of this story, and it was empowering. I couldn’t do anything else once I began reading this. Just when I felt I had control, it was gone. A brilliant round-up and perfect page-turner! Wow! It will leave you breathless.

I received an e-copy of this book from Net Galley and the publisher, which I have reviewed honestly.


Sharon Bolton

Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the critically acclaimed author of some of the most bone-chilling crime books ever written. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. In 2014 she won the CWA Dagger in the Library for her whole body of work.

Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and son.

Twitter: @AuthorSJBolton

Chasing the Italian Dream by Jo Thomas @jo_thomas01 @TransworldBooks #NetGalley #BookReview

Chasing the Italian Dream: Escape and unwind with bestselling author Jo Thomas by [Jo Thomas]


A summer escape she’ll never forget . . .

Lucia has worked hard as a lawyer in Wales, aiming for a big promotion she hopes will shortly come her way. Finally taking a well-earned break at her grandparents’ house in southern Italy, the sunshine, lemon trees and her nonna’s mouth-watering cooking make her instantly feel at home.

But she’s shocked to learn that her grandfather is retiring from the beloved family pizzeria and will need to sell. Lucia can’t bear the thought of the place changing hands – especially when she discovers her not-quite-ex-husband Giacomo wants to take it over!

Then bad news from home forces Lucia to re-evaluate what she wants from life. Is this her chance to carry on the family tradition and finally follow her dreams?


Chasing the Italian Dream


What a lovely uplifting story this is! I fell in love with Italy, the pizzeria and Lucia’s family. Lucia had never really felt Italian, being raised in Wales, but never felt welch either, having Italian parents. Wherever she was, she felt like an outsider. Lucia had married Giacomo, whose family also had a pizzeria in the next town. Wow, did he make me weak at the knees! This man just made me smile on every page.

By birthright, the pizzeria should have been handed down to Lucia’s father, but he had tragically died and has it was only men that cooked the pizzas, her grandfather said he would have to sell his restaurant. Lucia was holidaying at her grandparents when her not yet divorced husband turned up wanting to take the restaurant over. Lucia stepped in with an unthinkable solution. Now, the kitchen would heat up!

I am smiling from ear to ear while writing this review, what a lovely warm and truly delicious story this is. I liked getting to know the extended community, especially the women, but nonna was extra special. Nonna had a sparkle in her that kept her young with a sprinkle of mischief thrown in. Nonna was one of my top characters in the story.

It is a story of tradition, honour, family and love, and it is beautiful. I like a book that can give me butterflies, and this story did just that. A lovely ending with a contented smile and sigh from me. Pure joy!

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


Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show.

In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in Pembrokeshire with her husband and three children.

Twitter: @jo_thomas01

Chasing the Italian Dream: Escape and unwind with bestselling author Jo Thomas by [Jo Thomas]

The Lucky Escape by Laura James Williams @laurajaneauthor @AvonBooksUK #NetGalley #BookReview #NewRelease

The Lucky Escape: The unmissable new novel from the bestselling author of Our Stop and The Love Square by [Laura Jane Williams]



When the day finally comes for Annie to marry Alexander, the last thing she expects is to be left standing at the altar. She was so sure he was Mr Right. Now, she has no idea how she could have got it so wrong.

After a chance meeting with Patrick, an old friend who reminds her of who she used to be, Annie takes a vow of her own: she’ll say yes to every opportunity that comes her way from now on.


Could a spontaneous trip with Patrick be the way to mend Annie’s heart? She’s about to find out as she embarks on her honeymoon – with a man who’s not her husband…


The Lucky Escape


Annie and Alexander lived together, although the house was his, and after years of seeing everyone else get married, it was now time for them. Everything was perfect, she had lost weight, the bridal gown fit her beautifully, and all their family and friends were going to celebrate them getting married. Unfortunately, Alexander had decided differently and been the coward he was he had phoned the wedding planner to tell her the wedding was off! It was a day Annie would never forget, but for the wrong reasons.

When Annie bumped into an old friend from camp they both went to for acting when they were teenagers, he made her feel like the girl she used to be, with his tales from the past. Patrick put the sparkle back in her. So when her ex-future-in-laws offered her the luxury honeymoon three week trip to Australia, fully paid, she took it and drunkenly invited Patrick along too.

The story is told by Annie and how she sees situations. I liked how the author showed all her different sides. It had been a matter of meeting Annie on a high followed by the worst time in her life, so not the true every day Annie. There were stages that she progressed through in the story, not always making the right choices.

I liked that the story wasn’t all sugar and spice with someone sweeping her off her feet. It was a story of other people having pasts that have changed them. It is a story of giving and taking, not just leaning on someone, and how they make it better. I don’t think of this as a love story but a life story.

Many thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Laura Jane Williams

Laura Jane Williams is a writer whose work has appeared everywhere from the Guardian to BuzzfeedStylistCloserthe Metro and the Telegraph. She is Grazia’s former dating columnist, and the author of two previous works of non-fiction: Ice Cream for Breakfast and Becoming, as well as the bestselling novel Our Stop.

Twitter: @laurajaneauthor

The Lucky Escape: The unmissable new novel from the bestselling author of Our Stop and The Love Square by [Laura Jane Williams]

Knock Knock by Anders Roslund @randomhouse #NetGalley #NewRelease #BookReview #KnockKnock

Knock Knock by [Anders Roslund]


Set over three explosive days, this is compulsive, heart-pounding storytelling that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

He thought she was safe. Then the past came knocking.

Seventeen years ago, Inspector Ewert Grens was called to the scene of a brutal crime. A family had been murdered, with only their five-year-old daughter left behind. The girl was moved out and placed under witness protection, but while the case went cold, Grens is still haunted by the memory. When he learns that the apartment where the crime took place is now the scene of a mysterious break-in, Grens fears that someone is intent on silencing the only witness. He must race to find her…before they do.


Knock Knock


What a chilling opening for this story! It is the 9th book in the Ewert Grens series but my first. I always think it is best to read a series from the start, but this author does not make you feel like you have missed anything. I took to Inspector Grens straight away, he had compassion for both the living and the dead.

What he had never accepted was not being able to close a case from seventeen years ago. That night was unforgettable. The night he found a five-year-old girl, Zana Lila, so traumatised she did not know that her family were dead around her.

Now, something else had happened at the same property, and being the man he is, he knows when something does not feel right. It appears that it is not just him that hadn’t put that night behind him. Someone else was back to finish the job. Now he had to find that little girl.

It is a full-on action-packed race against time that never lets up. Events throw Piet Hoffman, a security expert who is been blackmailed and Grens together, as they dart mainly between Sweden and Albania, desperately trying to solve the past and present. The main characters felt established with pasts which always makes them seem real. It is a great pairing in the story, they both wanted the same result for personal reasons.

Time flew by, as did the pages to a breathtaking conclusion which was awesome. The translation of this book is smooth and never loses its constant fast flow.

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


Anders Roslund

Anders Roslund is a Swedish author and journalist. He is the founder and former head of Kulturnyheterna (Culture News) on SVT, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. For many years he worked as a news reporter – specializing in criminal and social issues – and as an Editor-in-chief at Rapport and Aktuellt, the two major News programmes on SVT.

Roslund regularly collaborates with Börge Hellström, and together they make up the writing duo of Roslund & Hellström.


Knock Knock by [Anders Roslund]

Stalking Gideon Cain by Kerry Alan Denney @KerryDenney #BookReview #thriller #suspense #PsychologicalThriller #mustreadbooksof2021

Stalking Gideon Cain by [Kerry Alan Denney]


Bestselling author Gideon Cain is losing his mind. Everywhere he turns lately, the femme fatales from his psychological thrillers show up—live and in person. Are they actresses playing a cruel joke on him, figments of his increasingly terrifying delusions, or fantastical vigilantes sprung to life from the pages of his books? All he knows for certain is if he doesn’t find answers soon, he’s bound for the psych ward.

When one of his fictional antagonists poisons him on a flight home from a book-signing tour, he realizes that someone isn’t just messing with his mind—they’re trying to kill him.

Now he’s running for his life from an enemy with a weapon so deadly it can kill with the touch of a button. Only an enigmatic woman from his tragic past can help him discover the truth behind his adversary’s vendetta. And time is running out to stop the madman who is stalking Gideon Cain.


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Brendan Callahan writes under the name of Gideon Cain, the author of a long-running series of thrillers that have made him a wealthy man, but he feels like he is going crazy. Everywhere he looks he sees femme Fatales from his stories. The latest was on board a flight and afterwards discovered he had been poisoned. These people weren’t messing about, they wanted him dead, and he didn’t know why.

What a fabulous story this is! For all of Callahan’s fame and, fortune he had never got over his wife suddenly leaving him when she was expecting his child, Callahan’s past is hurtling into his present, and it is causing grief to the people he cares about.

The past is ready to roll out, and the bad guys are not worried about being seen. They have top technology that puts them firmly in control of where the story is heading. There is page after page of riveting action, where I thought, no they would do that, but wow how many times I was wrong. There are no limits to these people.

I liked that there were strong characters on both sides and adored Pepper, Callahan’s very faithful dog. There are heroes of every kind in this action-packed beauty of a read. I do love it when a good story gets great and well this is one of them. It will keep you on your toes in every chapter, with shocking exits and tender moments too.

What a round-up! Brilliant story, awesome characters, and a cracking ending. I can’t ask for more!


Kerry Alan Denney

Kerry Alan Denney, a.k.a. “The Reality Bender,” is the multiple award-winning author of seven published novels and numerous short stories. Denney blends elements of suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, paranormal, and various ways the world ends in his work: speculative fiction at its wildest and craziest. With glee and a touch of madness, he writes reality-bending thrillers … even when the voices don’t make him do it. His protagonists are his children, and he loves them as dearly as he despises his antagonists-even when he has to kill them. Denney lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia, with Gypsy Dancer, his remarkably exuberant dog. He is currently training Gypsy to be a therapy dog and is writing his next thriller … and deciding who to kill in it.

Twitter: @KerryDenney


Stalking Gideon Cain by [Kerry Alan Denney]

Madhouse at the End of the Earth by Julian Sancton @randomhouse @EburyPublishing #NewRelease #BookReview #NetGalley #MadhouseAtTheEndOfTheEarth

Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by [Julian Sancton]


The harrowing, survival story of an early polar expedition that went terribly wrong, with the ship frozen in ice and the crew trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter

‘An unforgettable tale brilliantly told’ — Scott Anderson
‘It grips from first sentence to last’ — Lawrence Osborne

‘The next great contribution to polar literature’ — Hampton Sides

August 1897: The Belgica set sail, eager to become the first scientific expedition to reach the white wilderness of the South Pole. But the ship soon became stuck fast in the ice of the Bellinghausen sea, condemning the ship’s crew to overwintering in Antarctica and months of endless polar night. In the darkness, plagued by a mysterious illness, their minds ravaged by the sound of dozens of rats teeming in the hold, they descended into madness.

In this epic tale, Julian Sancton unfolds a story of adventure gone horribly awry. As the crew teetered on the brink, the Captain increasingly relied on two young officers whose friendship had blossomed in captivity – Dr. Frederick Cook, the wild American whose later infamy would overshadow his brilliance on the Belgica; and the ship’s first mate, soon-to-be legendary Roald Amundsen, who later raced Captain Scott to the South Pole. Together, Cook and Amundsen would plan a last-ditch, desperate escape from the ice-one that would either etch their names into history or doom them to a terrible fate in the frozen ocean.

Drawing on first-hand crew diaries and journals, and exclusive access to the ship’s logbook, the result is equal parts maritime thriller and gothic horror. This is an unforgettable journey into the deep.

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What a tremendous true story this is. The research that this author has pulled together is admirable, from the crews’ diaries and journals to the access of the ships detailed logbook. At the beginning of the journey, it felt like it was the lull before the storm. It was a time to get familiar with these historical figures before the making of a historical event, and it felt exhilarating to be on board the Belgica. There was little understanding of the consequences of long haul sailing expeditions and the effect that they would have on the crew.

The ship had set sail for Antarctica and was vastly underprepared for the journey and the winter that just wouldn’t let them go. The captain relied heavily on his officers, especially Dr Freddrick Cook the doctor on board the ship and Roald Amundsen First Mate. Besides the savage bitterness of the winter, there was endless darkness. It was not just detrimental to their mental health but also their physical health. The sailors were listless, confused and giving up on life. It was the doctor that came up with the solution.

The crew were encountering new animals and cataloguing them, but the landscape was a different matter. The land was constantly moving and reforming into unrecognisable landscapes, meaning leaving the ship and losing sight of it could be a fatal error. The story that is told is fascinating with great detail to the heath of the men, and everything that they encountered. Even now, the descriptions are truly breathtaking.

What I also liked about this book was how the story of the primary characters was carried on once the expedition was over, so I know what happened to them. I feel nothing ever matched their time in Antarctica, no matter what thrill they reached for, A fascinating, inspiring story of first footers and heroes.

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


Julian Sancton

Julian Sancton has written for Vanity Fair, Departures, Esquire, The New Yorker, Wired, and Playboy, among other publications. He spent most of his childhood in France and attended Harvard University, where he studied European history. He lives in Larchmont, New York, with his partner, Jessica, and their two daughters.

Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica’s Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night by [Julian Sancton]