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The Ruthless (A Bruno Johnson Thriller Book 8) by David Putnam @daveputnam @oceanviewpub #TheRuthless #NetGalley #BookReview

The Ruthless (A Bruno Johnson Thriller Book 8) by [David Putnam]

ABOUT THE BOOK

Bruno Johnson, shaken to his core, but still a formidable force—an unrelenting focus on doing the right thing—unwilling to let anyone or anything stand in his way

Pushed to his emotional limit, Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Bruno Johnson struggles to hold his family together while immersed in his unrelenting career. His daughter, Olivia, is a teen mom to twin toddlers; her common-law husband, Derek Sams, is a thug; and one of their little boys has disappeared under his care.

The overwhelming intensity demanded of Bruno on this personal level is compounded by the brutal shotgun murder of a superior court judge and his wife, both friends of his. Bruno cannot ignore these violent crimes even though he’s supposedly off the law enforcement grid—undercover—working an illegal gun sting.

Tragedy strikes Bruno’s life on all fronts: family, friends, and professional—however, none of these colossal forces can match the unthinkable catastrophe that will forever dominate Bruno’s life.

Perfect for fans of Robert Crais and Michael Connelly

While all of the novels in the Bruno Johnson Crime Series stand on their own and can be read in any order, the publication sequence is:

The Disposables
The Replacements
The Squandered
The Vanquished
The Innocents
The Reckless
The Heartless
The Ruthless

The Sinister (coming February 2022)

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MY THOUGHTS

This is a deep and complex story where County Sheriff Deputy Bruno Johnson is working undercover as Karl Higgins, buying illegal guns and getting them out of circulation and off the street. Meanwhile, his family are in ruins as he seems surrounded by death and terrible secrets that are just too hard to share with his fragile father.

I have come into this story quite late on, but it was surprisingly easy to pick up. Johnson is a strong character and is at a point where the law seems to be protecting the bad guys more than the ones enforcing it. The story takes you down into the despicable depths of depravity as it unravels and opens up avenues to the real cause of the death of Johnson’s daughter and the fate of one of his twin grandson’s.

The chapters are full of frustration as Johnson’s hands are tied to bring criminals to justice. But how much heartbreak can one person take before they blow? There isn’t a let-up in this intense story as it shifts between Johnson’s undercover work and tangled personal frustration. Putnam has developed strong characters in the story, on both sides of the law. It is a hard-hitting story, not for the faint-hearted. It will be interesting to see where it will all end.

When Johnson hears that two of his close friends, a Judge and his wife, have been murdered in their home, it is the last straw, but will he cross the line? The action never stops.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Putnam

During his career in law enforcement, David Putnam has done it all: worked in narcotics, violent crimes, criminal intelligence, hostage rescue, SWAT, and internal affairs, to name just a few. He is the recipient of many awards and commendations for heroism. The Squandered is his third Bruno Johnson novel, following the best-selling and critically acclaimed The Disposables and The Replacements. Putnam lives in Southern California with his wife, Mary. –This text refers to the paperback edition.

Twitter: @daveputnam

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The Ruthless (A Bruno Johnson Thriller Book 8) by [David Putnam]

Silenced by Jennie Ensor @Jennie_Ensor @HobeckBooks #Silenced #NewRelease

Silenced by [Jennie Ensor]

ABOUT THE BOOK

Silenced is the compelling and gritty new thriller by British author Jennie Ensor. A gripping story of love, fear and betrayal, it’s Romeo and Juliet for our troubled times.

A teenage girl murdered on her way home from school, stabbed through the heart. Her North London community is shocked, but no-one has the courage to help the police, not even her mother.

It’s DI Callum Waverley’s first major case as senior investigating officer – can he break the code of silence that shrouds the case?

This is a world where the notorious Skull Crew rules through fear. Everyone knows you keep your mouth shut or you’ll be silenced – permanently.

This is Luke’s world. Reeling from the loss of his mother to cancer, his step-father distant at best, violent at worst, he slides into the Skull Crew’s grip.

This is Jez’s world too. Her alcoholic mother neither knows nor cares that her 16-year-old daughter is being exploited by V, all-powerful leader of the gang.

Luke and Jez form a bond. Is it friendship, love or fear that brings them together? Can Callum win their trust, or will his own demons sabotage his investigation? And can anyone stop the Skull Crew ensuring all witnesses are silenced?

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Silenced

MY THOUGHTS

Silenced is an almighty powerful and hard-hitting story, that is all too close, to how some of the cities and towns of Britain are these days. The Skull Crew rule the streets of North London and cannot be seen to have any weaknesses. Then the daylight murder of a young teenage girl on her way home from school rocks the community, but everyone is staying quiet about the attack. Because if you don’t keep quiet, then the Skull Crew with permanently shut you up.

It isn’t just a story about senseless murder and the fear that a gang can instil into communities. It looks at it from both sides and how recruits are groomed into this lifestyle. There are two young teenagers, that are both struggling at home. Luke, after the death of his mum and, Jez whose mum is an alcoholic. They have slipped under the radar of being vulnerable. Then they find each other.

DCI Callum Waverly is in charge of the case, he has a lot to prove. It is his first appointment, and secondly, he has a hidden past himself. It makes for a page-turning read that never lets up. The fear feels very real, and the situation is like something you will see on page 7 of your local paper because it happens all too often.

What a stunning story this is! Jennie Ensor brings a dash of realism to every chapter, with horrific realistic acts of graphic violence. It is heartbreaking. V, the lead character of the Skull Crew, is terrifying, a man who will follow up on promises. Is anyone brave enough to tell the truth? A stunning story by this author, her best yet, in my opinion, and highly recommended, but do be warned you feel like you are there, and it will stay with you.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennie Ensor

Author website: https://jennieensor.com Publisher website: http://www.bloodhoundbooks.com Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/JennieEnsorAuthor A Londoner with Irish heritage, Jennie Ensor began her writing career as a journalist, obtaining a Masters in Journalism and covering topics from forced marriage to accidents in the mining industry. She isn’t afraid to tackle controversial issues in her novels, either: Islamic terrorism, Russian gangsters and war crimes in her debut Blind Side, a psychological mystery; child abuse and sexual exploitation in her latest novel THE GIRL IN HIS EYES, a dark psychological family drama. Jennie Ensor’s poetry has appeared in many publications, most recently Ink Sweat and Tears. Ms Ensor briefly considered doing research into plasma physics while studying astrophysics at uni. In her spare time she plays the piano, sings in a chamber choir and dreams of setting off on a long trip with her Kindle.

A Londoner with Irish heritage, Jennie Ensor began her writing career as a journalist, obtaining a Masters in Journalism (winning two awards) and covering topics from forced marriage to accidents in the mining industry. She isn’t afraid to tackle controversial issues in her novels, either: Islamic terrorism, Russian gangsters and war crimes in her debut BLIND SIDE (a psychological mystery blended with a love story), and domestic abuse and sexual exploitation in her second novel THE GIRL IN HIS EYES (a dark psychological drama published by Bloodhound Books in 2018).

Her third novel is an excursion to the brighter side of life. NOT HAVING IT ALL is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy like no other. First published in 2019, a new edition was published in January 2021.

Twitter: @Jennie_Ensor

Darkness Falls by Robert Bryndza @RobertBryndza @BooksSphere #NewRelease #DarknessFalls #NetGalley

Darkness Falls: The unmissable new thriller in the pulse-pounding Kate Marshall series by [Robert Bryndza]

ABOUT THE BOOK

Kate Marshall’s detective agency takes off when she and her partner Tristan are hired to investigate a cold case from over a decade ago. Twelve years previously, a determined young journalist called Joanna Duncan exposed a political scandal that had major repercussions. In the fallout she disappeared without trace and was never found.

When Kate and Tristan examine the case files, they find the trail long cold, but they discover the names of two young men who also vanished at that time. As she begins to connect their last days, Kate realizes that Joanna may have been onto something far more sinister than anyone first believed: the identity of a serial killer preying on the people who few will ever miss.

But the closer Kate comes to finding the killer, the darker things become.

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MY THOUGHTS

I am delighted to have read the latest book in this series. Kate Marshall formed her own Detective Agency after quitting the police force. She still has a few contacts in the department that help on the quiet when she needs it. Working for Kate is Tristan, a keen young man that she can wholly rely upon. They have had some rather tricky cases so far, and the one they are about to take on is no exception.

Twelve years ago, a bright newspaper reporter Joanna Duncan disappeared after work. Her car was found abandoned in the multi-storey car park she used daily. No sign had been seen of her since that day. In a last-ditch effort, her mum’s wealthy husband asks Kate if she will take on the case to find her, be it dead or alive.

Joanna’s mum isn’t anything like what Kate had expected. She is brassy and loud but has a heart of gold. She wants to know where her daughter is. Money talks, as they say, and Joanna’s stepdad has acquired the files and investigation documents surrounding her disappearance. Kate and Tristan set to work on these, and soon discover something that had been previously missed. It is an unusual case for Kate and Tristan as the story takes on a detour.

Robert Bryndza is on top form with his writing as he captures the essence of the characters in his story. The emptiness of Joanna’s mum, the ambitious detective after all the glory and the terrifying confidence of a killer. But the victims, oh my, that hit home. I had to stop just for a little while because it didn’t seem right just to carry on reading. The writer makes it all seem so real. The story twists in ways I hadn’t thought of. It was so easy to jump to conclusions. It is an awesome story. Wowed!

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Bryndza

Robert Bryndza is an international bestselling author, best known for his page-turning crime and thriller novels, which have sold over four million copies in the English language.

His crime debut, The Girl in the Ice was released in February 2016, introducing Detective Chief Inspector Erika Foster. Within five months it sold one million copies, reaching number one in the Amazon UK, USA and Australian charts. To date, The Girl in the Ice has sold over 1.5 million copies in the English language and has been sold into translation in 29 countries. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Mystery & Thriller (2016), the Grand prix des lectrices de Elle in France (2018), and it won two reader voted awards, The Thrillzone Awards best debut thriller in The Netherlands (2018) and The Dead Good Papercut Award for best page turner at the Harrogate Crime Festival (2016).

Robert has released a further five novels in the Erika Foster series, The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath, Cold Blood and Deadly Secrets, all of which have been global bestsellers, and in 2017 Last Breath was a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for Mystery and Thriller.

Most recently, Robert created a new crime thriller series based around the central character Kate Marshall, a police officer turned private detective. The first book, Nine Elms, was an Amazon USA #1 bestseller and an Amazon UK top five bestseller, and the series has been sold into translation in 15 countries. The second book, Shadow Sands was published in November 2020.

Robert was born in Lowestoft, on the east coast of England. He studied at Aberystwyth University, and the Guildford School of Acting, and was an actor for several years, but didn’t find success until he took a play he’d written to the Edinburgh Festival. This led to the decision to change career and start writing. He self-published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels, before switching to writing crime. Robert lives with his husband in Slovakia, and is lucky enough to write full-time.

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Darkness Falls: The unmissable new thriller in the pulse-pounding Kate Marshall series by [Robert Bryndza]

Blue Running by Lori Ann Stephens @lorifromtexas @moonflowerbooks @midaspr #BlueRunning #NewRelease #BlogTour #BookReview

Firstly I wish tom thank Sofia Saghir of Midas PR for inviting me on the Blog tour for Blue Running by Lori Ann Stephens.

Blue Running by [Lori Ann Stephens]

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the new Republic of Texas, guns are compulsory and nothing is forgiven. Blue Running is a gripping coming-of-age thriller for fans of Station Eleven and Thelma and Louise.

Fourteen-year-old Bluebonnet Andrews is on the run across the Republic of Texas. An accident with a gun killed her best friend but everyone in the town of Blessing thinks it was murder. Even her father – the town’s drunken deputy – believes she did it. Now, she has no choice but to run. In Texas, murder is punishable by death.

There’s no one to help her. Her father is incapable and her mother left the state on the last flight to America before the secession. Blue doesn’t know where she is but she’s determined to track her down. First she has to get across the lawless Republic and over the wall that keeps everyone in.

On the road she meets Jet, a pregnant young woman of Latin American heritage. Jet is secretive about her past but she’s just as determined as Blue to get out of Texas before she’s caught and arrested. Together, the two form an unlikely kinship as they make their way past marauding motorcycle gangs, the ever watchful Texas Rangers, and armed strangers intent on abducting them – or worse. When Blue and Jet finally reach the wall, will they be able to cross the border, or will they be shot down in cold blood like the thousands who have gone before them?

Some things are worth dying for.

Blue Running pulls no punches. A fast-paced, page-turning, chilling book which looks unflinchingly at what the future could hold.

A novel for both adults and young adults, Blue Running is gripping and addictive from the first page. Readers will cheer for Blue and Jet in their pell-mell rush for freedom.

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MY THOUGHTS

Fourteen-year-old Bluebonnet Andrews is quite a loner, but not by choice. Blue lives with her father, who has a known drinking problem, and only just holds on to his job as a deputy in Blessing. Texas is now a Republic and has its laws, one being that everyone above a certain age has to carry a gun for their protection. Blue’s mum left just before the borders closed when she was only a little girl. Now she more or less brings herself up at home, where she and her dad don’t have much.

Blue thinks she has found a friend when a new girl moves into the area in the school holidays, but once the holidays are over, so is the friendship. When Blue tries to make amends, a terrible accident occurs, and Blue goes on the run. The story follows her across Texas to the border.

Blue’s journey is fraught with danger at every turn. Who can she trust, how can she get money, and how can she evade being turned in when her picture is on the news channels? She begins her journey as a naive girl, that has to adapt and grow up very quickly. The art of survival arrives in the form of another girl on the run. The pair of them make for a heart in your mouth read.

The places and people that they come across are believable, with the author being realistic about the situations that the pair get into. It is a scary future. A fabulous read for teens and above.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Lori Ann Stephens is the award-winning author of novels for adults and children, including 2018’s Middle Grade novels NOVALEE AND THE SPIDER SECRET (Dragonfeather Books) and PIERRE FRANÇOIS: 5TH GRADE MISHAPS. SOME ACT OF VISION (ASD Press) was the 2013 YA novel winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award, hosted by the Romance Writers of America, OK. She’s also the author of SONG OF THE ORANGE MOONS (Blooming Tree Press, Nov 2010) and several short stories, poems, and opera libretti. When she’s not writing or teaching writing, she reads, takes on DIY home remodeling adventures, and eats the best gourmet, home-cooked meals. She is usually not the cook. She lives in Texas with her family.

Twitter: @lorifromtexas

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The First Day of Spring by Nancy Tucker @NancyCNTucker @randomhouse #NetGalley #TheFirstDayOfSpring

The First Day of Spring by [Nancy Tucker]

ABOUT THE BOOK

‘So that was all it took,’ I thought. ‘That was all it took for me to feel like I had all the power in the world. One morning, one moment, one yellow-haired boy. It wasn’t so much after all.’

Chrissie knows how to steal sweets from the shop without getting caught, the best hiding place for hide-and-seek, the perfect wall for handstands.

Now she has a new secret. It gives her a fizzing, sherbet feeling in her belly. She doesn’t get to feel power like this at home, where food is scarce and attention scarcer.

Fifteen years later, Julia is trying to mother her five-year-old daughter, Molly. She is always worried – about affording food and school shoes, about what the other mothers think of her. Most of all she worries that the social services are about to take Molly away.

That’s when the phone calls begin, which Julia is too afraid to answer, because it’s clear the caller knows the truth about what happened all those years ago.

And it’s time to face the truth: is forgiveness and redemption ever possible for someone who has killed?

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The First Day of Spring

MY THOUGHTS

This story will chill you to the bone and sicken you, but you won’t be able to put it down for anything. Chrissie is only eight years old, neglected, under-nourished and overlooked by the authorities and school. Only a few people in her community keep their eye on her and feed her when they can. She is cunning, violent and trying to make sense of the world where she lives. Something that her mother has told her leads her to commit a crime and, the feeling of power that it gives her is all-consuming. It has woken something in her that she already knows she will want to feel again.

Chrissie has just enticed and murdered a little boy that she knows, a toddler, and she feels glorious! She watches with fascination at the reactions of the community, including the little boy’s family. She gloats that she has the answers to all their questions and, the buzz is like nothing that she has ever felt.

The story runs on two parallel timelines, with a Chrissie now grown up and going under the name of Julia, living her life with her daughter. Things are far from right in the present day as she knows what evils there are in the world and how can she keep her daughter safe.

What a fabulous book! Every emotion has been stripped back to the bone, with every unthinkable buried thought having no cutoff point. The timelines run seamlessly side by side, and it works superbly. There are some amazing characters in this story, both when she was a child and as an adult, that can see the child and person she should have been if only someone had done something.


There were so many tragic mistakes. A knock your socks off read and is highly recommended, by myself.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nancy Tucker

Nancy Tucker is a trainee Clinical Psychologist. Her memoir of her childhood struggle with anorexia, The Time in Between, was published in 2015. Her follow-up, That Was When People Started to Worry, an examination of young women’s mental health, was published in 2018. The First Day of Spring is her first work of fiction. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Twitter: @NancyCNTucker

The First Day of Spring by [Nancy Tucker]

Private Moscow: (Private 15) by James Patterson & Adam Hamdy @JP_Books @adamhamdy #NetGalley #PrivateMoscow #BookReview

Private Moscow: (Private 15) by [James Patterson, Adam Hamdy]
ABOUT THE BOOK

An invitation from an old friend draws Jack Morgan into a deadly conspiracy . . .

On a cold January morning, Jack Morgan stands inside the New York Stock Exchange with his former US Marine comrade whose company is being launched onto the market, eagerly awaiting the opening bell.

But before the bell rings, a bullet rips through the air and finds its mark.

In the aftermath of the murder, the victim’s wife hires Jack to find the killer. As the head of Private, Jack has at his disposal the world’s largest investigation agency. What he discovers shakes him to his core.

Jack identifies another murder in Moscow that appears to be linked. So he heads to Russia, and begins to uncover a conspiracy that could have global consequences.

With powerful forces plotting against him, will Jack Morgan make it out alive?

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Private Moscow: (Private 15)

MY THOUGHTS

I have in the past read books by both these authors in their own right and found that they make a great pairing in this book. It is the first book that I have read in this series, and I have been impressed. The action is synchronised perfection, with text that translates into live-action scenes in your mind and plays out in full. Every detail is brought to life, every sound, and it is fabulous.

You don’t have to wait long until what had been a day to remember turns into a day never to be forgotten, for all the wrong reasons. Everything feels off about the whole situation. It is such a fast-paced story that soon jumps over to Russia and yet another untimely death.

I was amused at the characters that were in Russia, as there were some very entertaining scenes. The action never dulls, and as the whole story comes together, it just knocks you for six. I would love to have read this series from the start, but it is a lot to catch up on. What I can say is that this book holds its own very well. It is brilliant.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

James Patterson

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

Twitter: @JP_Books

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Adam Hamdy

Adam Hamdy is a Sunday Times, Kindle, and international bestselling author and screenwriter.

Adam writes the Scott Pearce series of contemporary espionage thrillers [Black 13, Red Wolves], and has written two Private books with James Patterson [Private Moscow, Private Rogue].

He is the author of the Pendulum trilogy, a trilogy of conspiracy thriller novels. James Patterson described Pendulum as ‘one of the best thrillers of the year’, and the novel was a finalist for the Glass Bell Award for contemporary fiction. Pendulum was chosen as book of the month by Goldsboro Books and was selected for BBC Radio 2 Book Club.

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors.

Twitter: @adamhamdy

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Private Moscow: (Private 15) by [James Patterson, Adam Hamdy]

The Coast to Coast Murders: A killer is on the road… by James Patterson & J D Barker @JP_Books @jdbarker #NetFalley #TheCoastToCoastMurders

The Coast-to-Coast Murders: A killer is on the road… by [James Patterson]

ABOUT THE BOOK

From coastal California to upstate New York, a killer is plotting a devastating path of destruction . . .

Michael and Megan Fitzgerald are siblings who share a troubling past. Both adopted, and now adults – Michael is a long-haul truck driver, Megan a college student majoring in psychology – they trust each other before anyone else. They’ve had to.

When a young woman is found murdered in Michael’s LA apartment, he is the chief suspect and quickly arrested. But then there’s another killing that is strikingly similar. And another. And not just in LA – as the spree spreads across the country, the FBI become involved in a manhunt for a cold-blooded serial killer.

Racing against time, the LAPD and FBI desperately search for a way to prevent a string of murders that seems unstoppable.

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MY THOUGHTS

When Michael, a long-distance lorry driver, arrives home, he finds the body of a young woman in his bath. His first phone call is to his sibling, Megan. The second call is to the police. Michael swears that he has never seen the woman before. But both physical and scientific evidence tells a different story. A string of murders from coast to coast begins to emerge, making his claim to innocence impossible.

This story grabs your attention and puts your mind in overdrive from the first couple of pages. The book is very long at 560 pages, but I flew through them. Some of the key characters are complex, to put it mildly, but it makes for a story within a story that is just as twisted and complex in its own right.

The case grows from local to federal as the murders cross state lines and become an FBI investigation. The story is dark and disturbing to read, with its intensity welcoming you in, to experience every feeling. It still brings me out in goosebumps.

I did find the ending a little fuzzy, something people will make their minds up about it. I have thoroughly enjoyed the story. I like the coupling of these two fabulous authors.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 385 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, Dog Diaries, Treasure Hunters and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past thirteen years in a row. He lives in Florida with his family.–This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Twitter @JP_Books

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J.D. Barker

J.D. Barker is the New York Times and international best-selling author of numerous novels, including DRACUL and THE FOURTH MONKEY. His latest, A CALLER’S GAME, released February 22. He is currently collaborating with James Patterson. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, sold in more than 150 countries, and optioned for both film and television. Barker resides in coastal New Hampshire with his wife, Dayna, and their daughter, Ember.

Twitter: @jdbarker

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The Coast-to-Coast Murders: A killer is on the road… by [James Patterson]

My Mother’s Munchausen’s and Me by Helen Naylor @threadbooks_ #NetGalley #NewRelease #MyMothersMunchausensAndMe

My Mother, Munchausen's and Me : A true story of betrayal and a shocking family secret by [Helen Naylor]

ABOUT THE BOOK

There was a time when I loved my mother. It’s shocking to imply that I stopped loving my mum because mothers always love their children and always do their best for them. Mothers are supposed to be good. But my mother wasn’t good.

Ten years ago, Helen Naylor discovered her mother, Elinor, had been faking debilitating illnesses for thirty years. After Elinor’s self-induced death, Helen found her diaries, which Elinor wrote daily for over fifty years. The diaries reveal not only the inner workings of Elinor’s twisted mind and self-delusion, but also shocking revelations about Helen’s childhood.

Everything Helen knew about herself and her upbringing was founded on a lie. The unexplained accidents and days spent entirely on her own as a little girl, imagining herself climbing into the loft and disappearing into a different world, tell a story of neglect. As a teenager, her mother’s advice to Helen on her body and mental health speaks of dangerous manipulation.

With Elinor’s behaviour becoming increasingly destructive, and Helen now herself a mother, she was left with a stark choice: to collude with Elinor’s lies or be accused of abandoning her.

My Mother, Munchausen’s and Me is a heart-breaking, honest and brave account of a daughter unravelling the truth about her mother and herself. It’s a story of a stolen childhood, mental illness, and the redemptive power of breaking a complex and toxic bond.

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My Mother, Munchausen’s and Me 

MY THOUGHTS

What a tragic story this is! But Helen’s father should have shelved some responsibility for the care of his daughter. He was there a lot of the time but seemed quite happy to go along with the way they lived. That was through choice, not a condition.

There is no doubt that Helen had a terrible childhood. She endured hardships, loneliness and dangerous conditions, but it was the system that let her down. Her mother had an illness, which had been constantly overlooked. Having Munchausen’s meant this was how she was going to behave.

The account is well written, and it must have been so frustrating for her when the authorities, doctors, family and friends wouldn’t listen to her. That is a huge burden to take on, and I can imagine the guilt of walking away.

I am glad that Helen included that her mother had been respected in her career, and her charity work before the illness took over her. I feel sorry that Helen missed a normal childhood and did not have a mother around for her. I wish her well.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helen Naylor

Helen Naylor has been writing as a hobby since she was a small girl; but it wasn’t until she began a memoir about growing up with a mother who faked illnesses and had narcissistic personality traits that she was encouraged to pursue writing professionally. Helen lives in Nottingham with her husband; two children and cat and enjoys cycling; playing guitar and drinking good coffee. –This text refers to the paperback edition.

My Mother, Munchausen's and Me : A true story of betrayal and a shocking family secret by [Helen Naylor]

Buried Lies by Jenny O’Brien @ScribblerJB @HQstories #BuriedLies #NetGalley #NewRelease #BookReview

Buried Lies: One of the most gripping detective crime thrillers of 2021! (Detective Gaby Darin, Book 5) by [Jenny O’Brien]

ABOUT THE BOOK

HER PARTNER. HER SON. SHE’S NEXT.

Hannah Thomas returns home one morning to every mother’s worst nightmare: a missing child and a dead fiancé. When DI Gaby Darin questions her, Hannah insists she can’t think of anyone who’d want to hurt her family – and yet it all feels disturbingly personal.

Mere hours into the investigation, a second body is found. As Gaby and her team dig into the victims’ lives, they hit dead ends at every turn – particularly when it comes to Hannah’s past. What is the grieving woman hiding?

But when Gaby stumbles upon Hannah’s tragic secret, it doesn’t bring her any closer to the truth. Can she connect the dots before the killer strikes again?

Unnervingly twisty, this thrilling police procedural will keep you gripped to the very last page. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, LJ Ross and D. S. Butler.

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Buried Lies: One of the most gripping detective crime thrillers of 2021! (Detective Gaby Darin, Book 5)

MY THOUGHTS

Oh my, this story is full of tragedy from the start to the end. Hannah hardly ever leaves her young son to go anywhere on her own, but she had been in a relationship with her fella a while now, so she trusted him. She had been invited to a night away with a new friend for an all-expenses-paid weekend break. They have a great time even if they do have hangovers. When Hannah gets home, there is no one around. When she goes to their garage, to get the car and look for them, she finds her partner is dead, and her diabetic son is missing.

This is the 5th book in the D I Gaby Darwin series, but I believe my first. Gaby is heavily involved in wedding preparations when she receives a call about the case. When they arrive at the scene, someone recognises the dead young man as a police officer. The investigation goes up a notch, but things take a turn for the worse when another dead body is found.

I liked getting to know Gaby Darwin, she is brisk and likes things to move at her pace. This case is quite complicated, with some false leads to throw the team off the right track. Hannah is a mystery, and Gaby is sure she is hiding something from them. I found this story ever so sad. It is well written. A series that I will have to go to the start of.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jenny O'Brien

Jenny O’Brien was born in Dublin, Ireland. From an early age, she always hoped to write something, anything other than just her name on the bottom of a cheque. Then with the introduction of automated banking she lost that pleasure. Therefore, she had to pick up a pen and pad and begin scribbling.

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Buried Lies: One of the most gripping detective crime thrillers of 2021! (Detective Gaby Darin, Book 5) by [Jenny O’Brien]

Poetic Justice: Five Twisted Tales Of Murder And Revenge by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor #BlogTour #BookReview #KindleUnlimited #TwistedTilbury

Poetic Justice: Five Twisted Tales Of Murder And Revenge by [Mark Tilbury]

ABOUT THE BOOK

Five twisted tales of murder and revenge.

Time doesn’t heal; it just incubates old wounds.

Last Orders – Jeff Tully’s wife has left him. Trying to run his pub single-handedly, he increasingly turns to his barmaid, Alyson, for help. But when Alyson tells him of her own troubles, they hatch a plan to get rid of Alyson’s violent, abusive husband. But will Jeff live to regret he ever got involved with his barmaid?

Lucy’s return – No one remembers Lucy at the school reunion, but she remembers them. Especially one boy who made her life hell, and now she’s going to do the same to him.

Private Museum – Retired nurse Mandy Rostron never thought she’d find love again after her husband died, but in Anthony Mallard, she’s found the perfect gentleman. Or so she thinks. Mallard has some very dark secrets in his basement, or his Private Museum as he calls it, and Mandy is about to discover the truth about the man of her dreams.

Ballad of the Unsung Hero – Retired shopkeeper Jennifer Price is at her wits end. Her husband Kenneth thinks more of his fishing than he does of her. But when she meets the man of her dreams at a spiritual church, Jennifer is hell-bent on getting her man – whatever it takes.

The Tallyman – Donna is in debt, and the loan shark is making her life unbearable, with increasingly vile demands when she can’t make her payments. But her elderly neighbour, Elsie, has the perfect solution to get rid of the tallyman once and for all.

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Poetic Justice: Five Twisted Tales Of Murder And Revenge

MY THOUGHTS

I was curious to read this book by Mark Tilbury as it contains five short stories. I wondered if he would be able to pull off the uneasy creepy feeling that his books usually leave me with. He did just five times more.

I liked how each story was introduced, by using a poem. These themselves were creepy, but only a taster of what was to follow. All the stories feature women as the lead character, although I didn’t feel that all the men deserved the punishments that they were dealt.

The stories bring to mind that saying from playwright William Congreve, ‘Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.’ For some of these characters, their rage had bubbled for years before it was payback time. Others were impulsive, which just went to show that planning was necessary to get it right.

I, of course, have my favourite, Last Orders. I could see where this was going, but love certainly has its blinkers. Love makes you do crazy things as common sense has left the building. There will be a favourite for everyone with these short stories making them perfect bedtime reading, but don’t let them give you any ideas before you snuggle up to go to sleep.

I think the author has struck gold again with these stories. I would like to see more like these in the future.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Tilbury

Mark lives in a small village in the lovely county of Cumbria, although his books are set in Oxfordshire where he was born and raised.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing and after being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and began self-publishing. Mark’s writing has earned him the name #TwistedTilbury due to the dark and twisted nature of his books. He’s published 11 thrillers. Poetic Justice was published on 18th November 2021

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