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The Burning Men (Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson #3) by Steve Parker @Books_n_all @joffebooks #detective #crimefiction #BlogTour #NewRelease

I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw and Joffe Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE BURNING MEN by Steve Parker

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Discover a crime thriller full of shocking twists by one of the most exciting new authors you’ll read this year.

A MAN IS BURNT AT THE STAKE IN A LONDON PARK. HIS SMOULDERING CORPSE IS A MESSAGE OF THE MOST VIOLENT KIND.

The man burnt alive is Davey Caine. He is the heir to the criminal empire created by his father, William ‘Billy’ Caine. Billy is a notorious and violent gangster with total control of South East London. But he’s not the man he used to be and the sharks smell blood in the water. Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks must find the killer before Billy extracts his own brand of justice.

They find themselves drawn ever deeper into London’s underworld. The streets explode into violence and the body count rises. Men are shot and burned alive in a tit-for-tat power struggle between rival gangs. Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks find themselves trying to control men of extreme viciousness.

Men who have no fear of the law and its consequences and who are unafraid to kill anyone who stands in their way — including police detectives.

Paterson is stunned when he’s offered the chance to stop the conflict dead in its tracks. If he ignores it, the mayhem continues. If he takes it, there will be a price to pay. What he doesn’t know is that the price will come with hidden and devastating consequences.

ON THE STREETS OF LONDON, A SIMMERING GANG WAR IS ABOUT TO ERUPT WITH PATERSON AND CLOCKS CAUGHT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE.

This is the third in a series of action-packed, edge-of-your-seat crime thrillers, with an ending that will have your heart in your mouth. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Damien Boyd, Rachel Abbott, Patricia Gibney or Martina Cole.

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson is a young and (thanks to family money) wealthy womaniser, separated from his model wife and tipped to be the youngest ever commissioner of police. He knows he’s weak when it comes to practical policing and struggles to find a place among his peers, desperate to be a good policeman and not just a ‘climber’.

Detective Inspector Johnny Clocks is a foul-mouthed, working-class officer. He grew up surrounded by rogues and villains to become a first-class thief taker with the Met police. However, his childish attitude has short-circuited his career and he spends his days antagonising as many people as he can.

THE AUTHOR Steve Parker is a retired police officer who served for 20 years in numerous high-profiles squads.

THE SETTING Bermondsey is an area of London nestled on the banks of the River Thames. It once had a reputation for housing more armed robbers, murderers and career criminals than anywhere else in the country. Now one of the most upmarket places to live and work in London, it has all but severed itself from its working-class roots. Home to the iconic Tower Bridge and crammed with expensive apartments, art galleries, fancy restaurants and famous residents. But for the police, those who truly know, Bermondsey never lost its roots . . . or its reputation.

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THE BURNING MEN an absolutely gripping killer thriller with a huge twist

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Oh my I have one almighty regret after reading this book and that is that I haven’t yet read the first two. The story stands very well on its own but this unusual chalk and cheese pair of detectives have me hungry to find out more about them. I love their kick ass get the job done and give as much as they get attitudes. I always did have a soft spot for the bad boys but a couple on the right side of the law certainly have an edge.

When an all out bid to be top dog in the criminal world is put into motion you just know that this isn’t going to end well especially when the son of Billy Caine has been identified as a man burnt at the stake in London. As the body count starts to rapidly rise it becomes clear that a blood bath could be on the cards in this tit for tat battle for pole position in the criminal world. Caine had always had the edge before but delicate information has come to the attention of his closest enemy and it is game on.

Detective Superintendent Ray Paterson and D.I. Johnny Clocks were just fabulous characters that had me spell-bound on every page. They aren’t angels, especially Clocks who learnt everything he knows growing up on the tough streets and puts his knowledge into practice at every chance. Now I know that these criminals would have done the most appalling deeds but  I really felt sorry for Caine, which is down to the skill of the author, I mean who the hell feels sorry for a hardened criminal? But I did.

This story builds in momentum at every chapter with the two detectives pushing to the ultimate limit of the law and beyond. The story line was superb with an outcome that I didn’t guess, but I must admit that the ending tickled me in some twisted way. A cracking book, I must read more of this pair of detectives, they have me intrigued.

I wish to thank Jill Burkinshaw and Joffe Books for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

STEVE PARKER

I was born and raised in South East London (Peckham to be precise – cushty, my son). At the ripe old age of twenty-one, I joined the Metropolitan Police where I served for twenty years before I was pensioned out with a serious back injury. I then went to work as an enforcement officer for a local authority before taking redundancy.

Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with a complete lack of DIY skills so was legitimately able to get away with swanning around the house doing bugger all, all day long. Finding myself with plenty of spare time and a deep desire to never work for anyone again, I gave myself permission to go back to writing (I’d been writing on and off for years).

When I’m not writing, I’m out taking photographs, something I’ve done since I was a nipper and will do until the day I shuffle off this mortal coil.

I live down in the windier part of East Sussex near the sea with my long-suffering wife and my ‘off-her-nut’ cockerpoo. I have two sons of whom I am so proud, I cannot begin to tell you.

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DETECTIVE RAY PATERSON
Book 1: THEIR LAST WORDS 
Book 2: THE LOST CHILDREN 

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The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley @lucyfoleytweets @HarperFiction @FictionPubTeam #NetGalley #NewRelease

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EVERYONE’S INVITED.
EVERYONE’S A SUSPECT.

Bristling with tension, bitter rivalries, and toxic friendships, get ready for the most hotly-anticipated thriller of 2019.

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.

The beautiful one
The golden couple
The volatile one
The new parents
The quiet one
The city boy
The outsider

The victim.

Not an accident – a murder among friends.

‘A ripping, riveting murder mystery’ A. J. Finn

‘Very gripping’ Sophie Hannah

‘Full of surprises’ Simon Kernick

‘Chilling, you won’t sleep’ Adele Parks

The Secret History meets And Then There Were None’ Cass Green

‘Pitch-perfect’ Laura Marshall

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The Hunting Party: Get ready for the most gripping, hotly-anticipated crime thriller of 2018

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Some things are done because they have always been done and well the yearly get together of Oxford University besties was one of those things. Some of the group had been accepted at Oxford on the ‘it is who you know rather than what you know’,  sort of right of passage, while the others were a quite gifted bunch. The group had hired cabins at an exclusive Lodge in Scottish Highlands, as a Hunting Party for New Year celebrations, with the understanding that they would be the only ones there, along with the Employees Doug, Iain and Heather but another couple from Iceland, had also booked in. This still made the group feel invaded, even in the fifty thousand acres they were in.

The weather was pretty bleak and the news of a Jack the Ripper kind of bloke on the loose in the area was flying round the news stations. When a body is discovered by Doug, the story drops back in time to when the group first arrives. The now thirty somethings are partying again like freshmen, with a lot of booze, a few drugs, a lot of nostalgia and a little the hunting of deer. The story is told through the different characters and the hierarchy soon falls into place where people slot in.

It seems that everyone has secrets, including the employees and this is the perfect hideout if you want to stay out of the limelight. Once this very brittle house of cards begins to crumble it goes big style with after shocks that are just as jaw dropping. I loved getting to know these often spineless, unlikable characters as they did make for excellent entertainment. A brilliant whodunit style book that sits up there with the best of them. Loved it!

I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have truthfully reviewed.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination.

Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more.

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The Woman Who Kept Everything by Jane Gilley @avonbooksuk @JaneGilley2 #NewRelease #NetGalley

The Woman Who Kept Everything by [Gilley, Jane]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The Lady in the Van meets The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry in this uplifting, funny and moving debut novel about a 79-year-old hoarder who is convinced the world is against her.

79-year-old Gloria Frensham is a hoarder. She lives amongst piles of magazines, squashed cardboard boxes, surplus carpet rolls, heaps of towels and knick-knacks littering the stairs. She hasn’t left her home for years, until a loud bang and a sudden smell of singeing sets in motion Gloria’s unwilling exodus from her home…

That day is the start of a journey that will never return Gloria back to her beloved, hoarded possessions, nor to her son’s house to live. For it is the start of her journey to discover life again – and she’s going to make some good friends and defiant decisions along the way, with just one very small suitcase in tow…

Heart-warming and poignant in equal measure, this is a story about the loneliness of life, the struggles of growing old, the power of kindness, and the bravery it takes to leave our comfort zones.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a charming and sad book all rolled into one. Gloria hadn’t had the easiest starts in life, always short of this or that so when good fortune had come her way, for her and her husband, she didn’t waste anything. In fact Gloria kept everything because one day she may need it. At 79 and now widowed, Gloria lived in her little house that was bulging at the seams, she was a hoarder until one day something went bang in the kitchen and she was forced to leave her home because it was so unsafe.

This put her only son in a bit of a conundrum. He didn’t really want her to live with him and his family but he also didn’t want to see his inheritance, his mother’s house, being sold and used to pay for her to be looked after in residential care. Gloria had been careful all her life saving for a rainy day, well that time had come and the journey she took herself on would need one mighty umbrella. Ok she wasn’t going to go globe-trotting but I will just say that Skegness, Eastbourne and London knew that she had been! You have got to love the emergency credit card!

This is such a beautifully written book that really reflects modern society, people living longer and busy family units that pay courtesy calls on aged parents, just to be able to say they have visited. Gloria is quite a character that over the years hadn’t realised just what a mess she had got into until she saw it from the other side. I loved her visit to her old friend, so very touching. The story took me through so many emotions as I travelled with Gloria revisiting old friends and making new ones and never forgetting the ones that had always been there for her.

This is a lovely uplifting story, with a ‘you are never to old’ theme. One to bring a tear and make you chuckle too. I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane Gilley

Jane Gilley was born in Nottingham and now lives on the beautiful island of Jersey, with her husband, a rabbit and a Senegal parrot.
Following a career in Interior Design and after writing 6 children’s books, Jane now writes adult books full time.

 

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @JaneGilley2

https://www.janegilley.com/

 

The Woman Who Kept Everything by [Gilley, Jane]

 

A Kill For the Poet (Chaser on the Rocks #2) by Simon Maltman @simonmaltman #KindleUnlimited

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

A Kill for the Poet is the sequel to the acclaimed and bestselling A Chaser on the Rocks. It can also be read as a standalone novel. Follow Brian Caskey, as this mystery noir reveals a detective with many flaws and personal problems. He becomes embroiled with a dangerous criminal network, while trying to battle his mental health issues, and work on his own writing. This ‘story within a story,’ also follows Caskey’s own creation: P.I Billy Chapman, as he unravels a murder mystery in the 1940’s

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Don’t read too fast when you start this book as there is quite a lot to take in and it can get a little bit confusing. Once I went over it a second time I got the gist of it. One character is writing about a second character in a different time zone. So now you will be totally confused. It does all come together and your brain manages to slot the right bit into the right place as you are reading.

P.I. Brian Caskey  has mental health problems and has to take anti-psychotic meds as paranoid episodes regularly occur, you just have to work out what is real and what is in his mind. Caskey had been in the police force but now takes on P.I. work as well as dabbling as a writer. This is where you get two stories running in the same book as one is written and one is told.  Caskey drops his story back to the 1940’s and P.I. Billy Chapman takes the lead role, who is from the present day time line.

In his own P.I. role Caskey is hired just to watch someone but the detective in him won’t let him sit back on his heels. Each time the man hiring him tells him a little more about the case and ups what he is paying him, again telling him just to watch. He drives his long suffering ex-wife crazy as she worries about what he gets up to.

There is plenty action in the story lines which take place in Belfast with a little outing to Belgium. I did take me a while to get a grip with it all but I did enjoy this book. There is more to come in the series I am sure.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Simon Maltman

Simon Maltman is a Best-selling crime fiction author from Northern Ireland.

AUTHOR LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/Simonmaltmancrimefiction/

Twitter: @simonmaltman

http://simonmaltmanblogs.blogspot.com/?m=1

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Sextet by Mark L. Fowler @MFowlerAuthor #NewRelease #KindleUnlimited

Sextet by [Fowler, Mark L.]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Penny and Susan Henderson, seventeen year old twins, share a sibling rivalry that Cain and Abel would have been proud of. As children they played a game: Good Susan, Bad Penny. A game their doting parents knew nothing about.

Following a misunderstanding over a boy, Penny arranged a vicious attack on Susan, six youths leaving her for dead. Susan hasn’t spoken since the attack, and languishes on a psychiatric unit. Medical experts diagnosed deep trauma.

Penny resurrects the old game to experiment on her sister, commencing a series of grisly murders and composing six corresponding pieces of music. With Penny’s composition approaching its climax, Susan breaks her silence.

With devastating consequences …

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I just love how Mark Fowler thinks out of the box with his unusual mind tangling tales, as this story falls into his own quirky categorisation box again, along with the rest of his books. From the day that 17-year-old identical  twins Susan and Penny were born, there had been an unhealthy rivalry between them which had reached Defcon 5, with no option of ever returning to normal. Jealousy and savage vengeance took Susan over the edge and into a care home and Penny on a spectacular, ‘See how much I am sorry’ gesture. Where normal people would do this with flowers, Penny has a lovely body count growing and cracking music portfolio.

This is  dysfunctional families at their ultimate extreme. The rose-coloured specs are out in pairs as mum and dad are blissfully unaware of their little darlings antics. As the story unwinds, the depth of the girls twisted minds grow with every compulsion to kill inspiring a new piece of music to be composed by Penny on her piano. Each unique piece having that common thread connecting it to the others until there are six, making up the sextet.  In a way I suppose each one is a sort of confession to that killing but through music and one which she believes her sister Susan will understand, connect to and heal.

Music plays quite a large part in the book as both girls are highly talented, so the thought of genius and madness being very close did come to mind quite a lot. There is only a vague sort of dipping into a couple of the victims background, two related to music and the other one a police officer investigating the crimes. Penny certainly has the charm to make all the men in the story do a merry dance to any tune she plays.

If you like your stories a little different then jump in because this is your man to tell them.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark L. Fowler is the author of the novels Coffin Maker, The Man Upstairs, Silver, and Red Is The Colour, and more than a hundred short stories. His particular interests are in crime and mystery, psychological thrillers and gothic/horror fiction.
His first published novel, Coffin Maker, is a gothic tale set between our world and the Kingdom of Death. In the Kingdom the Coffin Maker lives a solitary existence, and every coffin he completes signals the end of a life in our world. One day he discovers that he is to be sent two apprentices, amid rumours that the devil is arriving on Earth.
Mark’s second novel, The Man Upstairs, features the hard-boiled detective, Frank Miller, who works the weird streets of Chapeltown. Having discovered that he is in fact the hero of twenty successful mystery novels, authored by The Man Upstairs, Frank has reasons to fear that this latest case might be his last.
In 2016, Silver, a dark and disturbing psychological thriller was published by Bloodhound Books. When a famous romance novelist dies in mysterious circumstances, she leaves behind an unfinished manuscript, Silver. This dark and uncharacteristic work has become the Holy Grail of the publishing world, but the dead writer’s family have their reasons for refusing to allow publication.
Red Is The Colour is Mark’s latest book, a crime mystery featuring two police detectives based in Staffordshire. The case involves the grim discovery of the corpse of a schoolboy who went missing thirty years earlier. Red Is The Colour is the first in a series featuring DCI Tyler and DS Mills, and will be published in July 2017 by Bloodhound Books.
The author contributed a short story, Out of Retirement, to the best-selling crime and horror collection, Dark Minds. Featuring many well known writers, all proceeds from the sales of Dark Minds will go to charity.
A graduate in philosophy from Leicester University, Mark lives in Staffordshire, and is currently writing a follow up to Red Is The Colour. When he isn’t writing he enjoys time with family and friends, watching TV and films, playing guitar/piano and going for long walks.

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Twitter @MFowlerAuthor

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Cuckoo by Sophie Draper @sophiedraper9 @AvonBooksUK #NewRelease #Cuckoo #NetGalley

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Spooky and absorbing. I was gripped from the first page! CASS GREEN

There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?

A haunting and twisty story about the lies we tell those closest to us, perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Cass Green.

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Cuckoo: A haunting psychological thriller you need to read this Christmas

 

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I love reading books where the places are actually familiar to me and as I shop regularly in Derby and have visited the surrounding areas in the book many times, it was perfect. Caro wasn’t so keen to go back there though but when needs must then it was better than the alternative. Caro’s step-mother Elizabeth had recently died, someone that clearly had not taken to her as a child and now Caro was back there sorting the house to be sold. She felt, in a way, that she had fallen on her feet as her own relationship had come to an end so her home wasn’t somewhere she wanted to be. She was also going to see her very successful sister, that she hadn’t seen for years, who was also returning home briefly.

Caro’s childhood was more than a little hazy but it was getting a pretty rough shaking up when things started to happen round the farmhouse. It took on a real spooky feel. The re-appearance of the pear-drum and its unforgettable tunes, accompanied by her step-mother’s stories, that were really quite haunting. Although this had been her father’s house and her home, the villagers were not at all welcoming with Caro. There is far more to this story than you first believe.

I found the story quite mesmerizing with each chapter promising answers but the more I found out, the more questions it raised. I was becoming paranoid with the other characters in the story too as the tension on the pages hotted up. Oh my, does this author know how to set  a scene! It was literally like playing Cluedo with each disturbing discovery more shocking than the one before. Sophie Draper put me through a wringer with her story and squeezed every wow, OMG and take my breath moment from me. It was still spinning in my mind so long after I finished it. A cracking story, a belting didn’t see that coming and a wow of an end!

I wish to thank NetGalley and Avon Books UK for sending me an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sophie was born in the Midlands but raised in Scotland. After gaining an MA in Mediaeval History, she followed a career in finance, travelling the world as a management consultant and International Finance Director. She took a career break to have a family, returning to work as a non-executive director for a building society.

After her youngest child was born, Sophie rediscovered her love of stories, taking up life as a writer and traditional oral storyteller. In 2013, she was nominated for the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence in the category of Outstanding Female Storyteller. She now performs across the UK, telling stories to both adults and children, at festivals, schools, museums, historic houses and community groups.

Her debut novel, CUCKOO, will be published by Avon (HarperCollins) on 29th November 2018. In 2017, CUCKOO (then titled THE PEAR DRUM) won the Bath Novel Award, as well as the prestigious Friday Night Live competition at the York Festival of Writing. A second book is to be published by Avon later in 2019.

Sophie lives with her family in rural Derbyshire, in a house filled with music, several cats, too many books and three growing boys.
 
 
 

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Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin @MichaelJBooks @juliathrillers #Book Review #NetGalley #MysteryThriller

 

Paper Ghosts: The unputdownable chilling thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans by [Heaberlin, Julia]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Long ago, Carl Feldman was acquitted of murder.

Now he lives alone in Texas with a few fading memories.

Until the day his daughter arrives and takes him away.

Only she’s not his daughter . . .

This woman is sure Carl’s a murderer, and that he’s killed others.

Including her sister Rachel.

Now they’re visiting old crime scenes to see if Carl remembers any of it.

To discover what happened to Rachel.

Has Carl really forgotten what he did or is he only pretending?

Has this young woman made a terrible mistake?

Because if Carl really is a serial killer, she’s in a very bad place . . .

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Paper Ghosts: The unputdownable chilling thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I loved reading Black Eyed Susans so it was a natural choice to want to read this book. I thought Paper Ghosts was a strange title but it is perfect for the story. The posters are the only thing left as reminders that the missing person hasn’t been found. Each fading in time until there isn’t anything left but a ghostly faded shape.

Carl Feldman’s mind isn’t as sharp as it use to be and I understood that he had dementia but when a young woman turns up and tells his carers that she is his daughter he knows that she isn’t. She strikes up a deal with him to get him away on take part in a road trip with her visiting places that are in the photos he most treasured. His mind is bright enough to make a deal with her and my heckles come up. Just how much does this man know. This man who stood trial for the murder of young women and walked away free.

This is quite a macabre journey, as she is the sister of one of the girls in the pictures that has never been found. She tries to jog Carl’s memory with walk throughs of how the girls were believed to have been taken. At first I was like, ‘What are you doing with this killer?’, would he try to kill her?, had he really killed all these girls? And just how much did he really remember? But Grace had a callous streak too. Just how far would she push him? Some of the chapters began with eerie photos from Carl’s collection. The pictures seemed to be the key.

This is a tight tension story where I felt that I was walking on egg shells all the time. It was pure anticipation of something is going to give on this page, or the next, or the next. She was holding so much back from him but I couldn’t make my mind up if Carl really didn’t know much or if he had dementia and really didn’t know anything anymore. A clever story. Not a heart in your mouth read but a couple of looks over my shoulder as I felt so uneasy.

I wish to thank NetGalley and Michael Joseph Books for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Julia Heaberlin

Julia Heaberlin is the author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller Black Eyed-Susans and Paper Ghosts, her newest crime novel set in the moody landscape of Texas where she grew up. Heaberlin’s psychological thrillers, all set in her home state, have sold to more than twenty countries. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed Playing Dead and Lie Still. As a journalist, she worked in features as an award-winning editor at Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Detroit News and The Dallas Morning News and has always been especially interested in true crime and how events play out years later. The Star-Telegram Life & Arts section was named one of the Top 10 sections in the country during her tenure as its editor. Heaberlin lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area where she is at work on her next novel.

 

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Twitter: @juliathrillers

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Paper Ghosts: The unputdownable chilling thriller from The Sunday Times bestselling author of Black Eyed Susans by [Heaberlin, Julia]

The Other Daughter by Sara Alexi @saraalexi #BookReview #KindleUnlimited

 

The Other Daughter by [Alexi, Sara]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The Other Daughter by Sara Alexi is a compelling and gritty tale, set amongst the wild moors and crooked streets of a Yorkshire Village, following one woman who finally untangles herself from the clutches of a painful past and a self-centred mother.

More than a decade after leaving home Dawn finds herself stuck in a dead-end job, in a rundown flat, while her sister has it all – the husband, children and prestigious job in sunny Australia. Their mum’s favouritism is palpable, and even as she has a terrible fall leaving Dawn to pick up the pieces, nothing Dawn does can live up to her perfect, absent sister.

But still Dawn persists with taking care of her aging and fragile mum, until one day it begins to feel like the only thing standing between Dawn and her happiness is her mother’s continued, pitiful existence…

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is the first book that I have read by Sara Alexi. The story revolves round Dawn, a single woman who moved out of her mother’s home over ten years before. I have to say at the beginning of this review that I didn’t like Dawn very much and I liked her mother even less. Both these characters resented each other and yet felt that each were owed  something by the other too.

As Dawn’s mother ages she is in more need of care so Dawn is left with a difficult choice. Does she put her in a home and watch all the money from her mother’s house sale be eaten away paying for her care, when she feels she has a right to it, or does she pack up her damp flat and move back home to care for her and just pay a carer to bob in at lunch time. Then when she finally dies the house can be sold and she will get half the proceeds, her sister in Australia getting the other half.

Dawn’s mum is a vile woman who constantly has her other daughter on a pedestal. Dawn can do no right, never good enough, never smart enough and never there when Dawn needed her the most. So both these women came across as not very nice to me. There is a back story, which you find out about, but I really was horrified at Dawn and the things she does late in the book. I felt Dawn had more of her mother in her than she thought.

This side of Dawn is only when she is with her mother, when she is with her work mates and out and about with them she comes across as caring and sweet. She has a real passion for her job too. Reading this book felt like being a fly on the wall seeing things and hearing them that no-one else would ever know about. There is so many harsh behind closed-door realities in this story.

For all of my not liking either of the main characters, the story is totally gripping. Very sad in so many ways. I believe that other books in the series have characters that drift into the other books, so I am sure more will be seen of Dawn in the future.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Alexi

Sara Alexi is from Oxford in England but now silts her time between there and a tiny rural village in the Peloponnese, in Greece, where she is (very slowly!) renovating a ruined stone farmhouse, whilst observing the Greek way of life and absorbing the culture, to enrich her vision for both writing and painting.

She wrote her first novel THE ILLEGAL GARDENER in 2012 with massive success and The Greek Village series was born which allowed her to became a full time writer over night.

She welcomes you to join her on https://www.facebook.com/authorsaraalexi
or https://saraalexi.com/

Sara began writing later in life. In school English lessons were a time of confusion, books indecipherable hieroglyphics. Dyslexia was not well understood then and no support was available. The joy of reading and writing were cancelled by the teacher’s red pen …

Despite her dyslexia Sara qualified as a psychotherapist and ran her own practice for years. Her artistic nature was, at that time, confined to painting and she exhibited widely.

In a casual conversation with a client she discovered that Agatha Christie, Jules Verne and Hans Christian Andersen were all dyslexic, and Sara’s perspective changed. The world of fiction opened to her with this shift in perception and she has been a prolific writer ever since.

Her ‘Greek Village Series’ has been very well received and provides a keenly observed, compassionate insight into the Greek people and culture, and the human condition in general.

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Strungballs by Mike Russell @strangebookseye #ScienceFiction #BookReview #KindleUnlimited

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Strungballs is an extraordinary novella from Strange Books author Mike Russell. What are Strungballs? Ten-year-old Sydney is about to find out… but first he must have a cube of his flesh removed. Sydney will transgress everything he was taught to believe in when he embarks upon a journey that will reveal the astonishing secrets hidden by the red balls on white strings known only as… Strungballs. Inspiring, liberating, otherworldly, magical, surreal, bizarre, funny, disturbing, unique… all of these words have been used to describe the stories of Mike Russell. Remember: Once a Strungball is inserted it must never be removed.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Having already experienced Mike Russell’s stories, I began this one with an open mind and smile. I knew before I started reading that it would be like nothing I have read before, even his first book and yep after 66 pages, the entirety of this book, I can say it is unique.

It is only a small world Sydney lives in, it has identical rooms numbered from 1 – 999 which then brings it back to 1. The rooms are square and the one where I met 10-year-old Sydney very clinical. It had to be he had proudly just had his first cube of flesh removed from his chest. It was for the good of the community. His parents presented him with his first Strungball, which fitted into the hole in his chest, with a string to dangle down so that he and others could see how many cubes of flesh he had given. Everything is fine until Sydney learns of the ‘others’ and meets the man who has more Strungballs than anyone else.

I don’t try to dissect Mike Russell’s stories they are just simply what they are the day I read them, tomorrow I will see something else in them. The point is I just like how I go along with them because I have nothing to compare them to. I always think of Alice in Wonderland when I think of Mike Russell and one of the sayings in it. ‘I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.’ Just perfect. What an imagination this man has, so glad he shares it.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike Russell

Mike Russell was born in 1973. He grew up in the small village of Pulborough in the south of England. As a child, he enjoyed daydreaming, art and writing strange stories. As an adult, he enjoys daydreaming, art and writing strange stories.
Mike Russell’s books have been described as Strange Fiction, Weird Fiction, Weird Lit, Surrealism, Fantasy Fiction, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Metaphysical Fiction… but he just likes to call them Strange Books.

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The Meaning of Blood and Other Tales of Perversity by Chuck Caruso @jcdarkly @CLBPressUK #BlogTour #TheMeaningOfBlood #KindleUnlimited

Firstly I wish to thank William Campos of Cloud Lodge Books for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE MEANING OF BLOOD and Other Tales of Perversity by Chuck Caruso

The Meaning of Blood: and Other Tales of Perversity by [Caruso, Chuck]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Fifteen tales of dark, transgressive fiction for fans of Chuck Palahniuk, Elmore Leonard, and Edgar Allan Poe

In a near-future Pacific Northwest, a made-to-order sex robot tests a married couple’s concept of fidelity; in the Tennessee hills of 19th-century America, an itinerant preacher forces others to prove their devotion to God — at gunpoint; and in a settlement town of the Old West, a former outlaw seeking to rescue his deceased brother’s family from a life of poverty discovers to his horror the true meaning of blood.

In THE MEANING OF BLOOD AND OTHER TALES OF PERVERSITY, Edgar Allan Poe scholar Chuck Caruso combines his deep roots in the American Gothic with his own contemporary sense of macabre humor. These fifteen stories of dark fiction range from crime thrillers to western noir to grotesque horror. Each twisted tale displays Caruso’s unique blend of wry prose, feverish storytelling, and tragically-flawed characters discovering that even the most innocent encounter can lead to death. Or sex. Or both

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I read the Lawn Mower Man last year and loved it, so I was real excited to find out Chuck Caruso had another book out. This is totally different. The book contains 15 unrelated stories that cover an array of subjects, from different places to various time periods. If you are easily offended then perhaps it isn’t for you as it does contain a couple of taboo stories but really the title is quite a clue to that too.

I loved the variety of these tales with most having some sort of twist at the end and all being unique and so quirky that I simply didn’t guess the outcomes on the majority of them. It pushes people to their limits and makes them to do things totally out of character. At times it makes them stronger but now and again it is just too much for them. Each of the stories is told through one persons view point of how a situation is seen and dealt with by them. From jealousy to double standards it is dealing with an isolated event that is life changing for so many.

My two favourite stories are The F***ing Robot and The Meaning of Blood, both very different and very different reactions to how they deal with situations.  I don’t know if it is because the stories are so unique that they are so memorable or because of the characters, with their reactions to situations. I just know that each time I read one that my favourites will continually change, depending on my own mood. They are perfect coffee time reads in length.

I am really looking forward to seeing what comes next from  this author.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chuck Caruso is a nineteenth-century Americanist and Edgar Allan Poe scholar. He teaches in the Department of English at Marylhurst University and has contributed to academic publications from Johns Hopkins University and the documentary film Edgar A. Poe: Buried Alive. Caruso’s crime and horror writing has been published in Cemetery Dance, Shroud, and Dark Discoveries. Caruso lives in Vancouver, Washington. The Lawn Job is his first published novel.

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