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The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray @andrewhunterm #CornerstoneDigital #PenguinRandomHouse #NewRelease #BookReview #TheLastDay

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A WORLD HALF IN DARKNESS. A SECRET SHE MUST BRING TO LIGHT.

2059. The world has stopped turning.

One half suffers an endless frozen night; the other, nothing but burning sun.

Only in a slim twilit region can life survive.

In an isolationist Britain, Ellen Hopper receives a letter from a dying man.

It contains a powerful and dangerous secret.

One that those in power will kill to conceal…

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The Last Day

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The Year is 2059 and most of our planet is dead, along with the majority of the population. The big shock for me had been that we hadn’t been the cause of the world disaster that had happened but there was time for us still to mess up and finish the job, we are far from being fast learners.

Britain had survived while almost half the plant sat in frozen darkness permanently while almost the other half was in the permanent scorching sun after the earth stopped rotating. Ellen Hooper worked off the coast on the oil rigs testing and gathering water and fish samples that could give some indication to how long the world could survive and sustain the ones that were left.

Ellen isn’t a people person, with no-one she calls a friend and family she rarely sees. When the rare sight of a helicopter arrives, it is for her. Two officials require her to return to the mainland and talk to her former university lecturer and mentor who is dying. All very strange.

The author creates a land where technology is a thing of the past, rationing is a way of life and a heavy-handed government that can do little to control the population that is left. Britain had been to go to place after the disaster, making the small island overcrowded and unsustainable.

The story turns into one of espionage and political thriller as the race to find something that could change world history again but those that don’t have it don’t know where it is and those that do don’t know what it is. The clock is ticking and the race is on.

A brilliant storyline with strong characters, shocking but not unbelievable. Liked the end, there could be another book someday.

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

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andrew Hunter Murray

I’m Andrew Hunter Murray, a writer and journalist from London. My first novel is published in February 2020 – it’s a thriller set in a world which has spun to a halt, bringing civilisation to the brink of collapse. It’s called The Last Day – I hope you like the sound of it.

Outside my work writing fiction, I work for the TV show QI, as one of the ‘Elves’ finding out Quite Interesting facts about everything under the sun. I also co-host the podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, and write jokes and journalism for Private Eye, the UK’s leading satirical magazine. No Such Thing As A Fish has also led to a spin-off TV series, No Such Thing As The News, and three books co-written with my colleagues on the show – the Book Of The Year, The Book Of The Year 2018, and the Book Of The Year 2019.

I live in London, in a small flat with large bookshelves, and I’m already working away on the next novel idea…

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @andrewhunterm

 

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]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘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…

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Mine

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

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.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 http://www.countrycalling.co.uk. 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.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @ClareEmpson2

clareempson.com

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

Keep Him Close by [Koch, Emily]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘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

ONE SON LIED. ONE SON DIED.

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.

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Keep Him Close

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

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.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @EmilyKoch

emilykoch.co.uk

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]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

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.

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

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

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!

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter

 

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

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]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘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.

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Away with the Penguins

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

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.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @HazelPriorBooks

hazeltheharpist.co.uk

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.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

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?

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

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

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.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

 

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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

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘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.

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Coming Up for Air

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

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.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @SarahLeipciger

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

Black River by [Dean, Will]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

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

FEAR

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

SECRETS

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?

LIES

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?

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Black River

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

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.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @willrdean

blakefriedmann.co.uk/will-dean

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]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

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

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The Recovery of Rose Gold

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

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.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @stephwrobel

The Recovery of Rose Gold by [Wrobel, Stephanie]

Endless Silent Scream (DI Bliss Book 6) by Tony J Forder @TonyJForder @BOTBSPublicity #DIBliss #EndlessSilentScream #BlogTour #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity & Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Endless Silent Scream by Tony J Forder.

Endless Silent Scream (DI Bliss Book 6) by [Forder, Tony J]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

From the author of the bestselling DI Bliss crime series comes another gripping police procedural thriller that will have readers hooked from the stunning first page to the very last.

He saved her life once. Can he do it again?

When DI Bliss prevents fifteen-year-old Molly from jumping off the roof of a tall building, he has no idea how deeply she will impact on his life. After learning that the girl is a drugs courier, Bliss realises she is in great danger. As he struggles to have Molly relocated, a local drug dealer and an enforcer sent by the supplier, have other plans for her.

After the remains of a freelance journalist are discovered, an old flame comes back into Bliss’s life. With the clock ticking down, he realises it’s only a matter of time before reports emerge linking the murdered journalist with the police, putting added pressure on the Major Crimes team to find the killer – even if it’s one of their own.

With Bliss torn between the two investigations, he becomes increasingly desperate to move Molly to safety before she can be silenced. But with his focus on saving the girl for a second time, Bliss is blinded to other dangers…

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Well, when something cracks off DI Bliss doesn’t do things by half, no he goes and jumps into a situation up to his neck. He is never really off duty so when a call comes through that a young girl is about to jump from a building he is first on the scene. Scared, cold and injured the girl sees no other way out, that is until Bliss gets a bit radical. He is quite something to see in action, and yes I did say see because Tony Forder makes his characters real. Having read the previous five books in this series I know Bliss like he was kin.

Molly really is in the thick of it and Bliss is the only one that she will trust. As the story begins to emerge of why she was going to jump the whole thing makes Bliss highly protective of the young girl but until she begins to get honest with them there is little he can do.

I loved the relationship that developed between Bliss and Molly as the dangers begin to leap from the pages as the players get bigger and danger for more than Molly becomes all-consuming for everyone involved. It is like the bad guys just don’t give a damn about anyone that steps in their way, fail and it just isn’t acceptable. There are some really dreadful moments that just blew me away.

Alongside the main event, the discovery of a body from the past may solve one problem but boy does it multiply into a cesspool of trouble, as Bliss has to go back into his past and do some uncomfortable digging himself.

This series just gets stronger and stronger with every book and believe me it was at the top of its league before. I don’t know where it is all going but I know I am going with it. Just superb!

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Tony J Forder is the author of the bestselling crime thriller series featuring detectives Jimmy Bliss and Penny Chandler. The first four books, Bad to the Bone, The Scent of GuiltIf Fear Wins, and The Reach of Shadows, were joined by The Death of Justice, on 9 September 2019. Book number six, Endless Silent Scream, will be published on 9 March 2020.
Tony’s dark, psychological crime thriller, Degrees of Darkness, featuring ex-detective Frank Rogers, was also published by Bloodhound Books. This is a stand-alone serial-killer novel. Scream Blue Murder, an action-adventure thrillerwas published in November 2017, and received praise from many, including fellow authors Mason Cross, Matt Hilton and Anita Waller. The sequel, Cold Winter Sun, was published in November 2018.

Tony lives with his wife in Peterborough, UK, and is now a full-time author. He is currently editing a new novel, and has also started on Bliss #7, Slow Slicing.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website: https://www.tonyjforder.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tonyjforder/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TonyJForder @TonyJForder

Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B01N4BPT65

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16166122.Tony_J_Forder

Fantastic Fiction: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/f/tony-j-forder/

Tony can also be found on Instagram.

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The Animals of Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey @Healey_Jane @panmacmillan #TheAnimalsOfLockwoodManor #NetGalley #NewRelease #BookReview

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Some secrets are unspoken. Others are unspeakable . . .

August 1939.

Thirty-year-old Hetty Cartwright is tasked with the evacuation and safekeeping of the natural history museum’s collection of mammals. Once she and her exhibits arrive at Lockwood Manor, however, where they are to stay for the duration of the war, Hetty soon realizes that she’s taken on more than she’d bargained for.

Protecting her charges from the irascible Lord Lockwood and resentful servants is work enough, but when some of the animals go missing, and worse, Hetty begins to suspect someone – or something – is stalking her through the darkened corridors of the house.

As the disasters mount, Hetty finds herself falling under the spell of Lucy, Lord Lockwood’s beautiful but clearly haunted daughter. But why is Lucy so traumatized? Does she know something she’s not telling? And is there any truth to local rumours of ghosts and curses?

Part love story, part mystery, The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey is a gripping and atmospheric tale of family madness, long-buried secrets and hidden desires.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

It is not long since the second world war has broken out with the threat to London becoming a target for a bombing campaign being imminent. The National History Museum make the decision to ship their collections to various parts of the country that can house some of the rare items. The mammal collection is to be transported to Lockwood Manor along with 30-year-old Hetty Cartwright to keep it safe and secure. This is quite a responsible position for a woman, who are normally employed on a volunteer role only. One wrong move could cost Hetty the career that she longs for.

Lord Lockwood isn’t the easiest of men to get on with and clearly has a disrespect for women. When some of the animals go missing Hetty is frantic that she will be sacked and neither Lord Lockwood or the Housekeeper is any help. Hetty strikes a friendship up with Lucy, Lord Lockwood’s beautiful daughter, putting her on yet another very dangerous path.

The forces of nature seem to be working against Hetty as much as Lord Lockwood himself with the added complication of her own hormones running pretty steamy too.

This is the author’s debut novel so I was really impressed. The time period seemed to be captured spot on with the women being “allowed” to take on higher position roles in the workplace that in peacetime were thought of as something they weren’t capable of doing. The story has that edgy feel about it where you are waiting for something to go wrong at every turn. Quite a surprising end for me.

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

Jane Healey

Jane Healey was named after Jane Eyre, but was initially too frightened of the ghost in the red-room to read beyond the second chapter. She returned to it – successfully – when she studied English Literature at Warwick University.

She has been shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize 2013, the Costa Short Story Award 2014, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 and the Penguin Random House WriteNow mentoring programme 2017.

The Animals at Lockwood Manor is her first novel.

She lives in Edinburgh.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @Healey_Jane

instagram.com/jane_healey_