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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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Endless Silent Scream (DI Bliss Book 6)

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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The Animals at Lockwood Manor

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_

The Lost Lights of St. Kilda by Elisabeth Gifford @elisabeth04liz @Corvus #NewRelease @OuterHebs #BookReview #TheLostLightsOfStKilda #NetGalley

BOOK DESCRIPTION

1927: When Fred Lawson takes a summer job on St Kilda, little does he realise that he has joined the last community to ever live on that beautiful, isolated island. Only three years later, St Kilda will be evacuated, the islanders near-dead from starvation. But for Fred, that summer – and the island woman, Chrissie, whom he falls in love with – becomes the very thing that sustains him in the years ahead.

1940: Fred has been captured behind enemy lines in France and finds himself in a prisoner-of-war camp. Beaten and exhausted, his thoughts return to the island of his youth and the woman he loved and lost. When Fred makes his daring escape, prompting a desperate journey across occupied territory, he is sustained by one thought only: finding his way back to Chrissie.

The Lost Lights of St Kilda is a sweeping love story that will cross oceans and decades. It is a moving and deeply vivid portrait of two lovers, a desolate island, and the extraordinary power of hope in the face of darkness.

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The Lost Lights of St Kilda

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Firstly I have to say how much I love this cover especially after reading the book as it captures the story so perfectly.

The story unfolds in two very different locations. One in Europe through the second world war in 1940, as Fred Lawson has made a daring escape from his captors, as he focuses on the time that he met a young Chrissie, who lived on St. Kilda. His goal is to finally get back to her. The other location is that of St. Kilda which was the furthermost of the Hebridean Islands, being 100 miles off the Scottish coast.

Fred Lawson had gone to the Island in 1927 with the Laird’s son Archie MacLeod where he has a summer job and meets Chrissie a young Islander, where friendship soon turns to a much deeper relationship. The story is told through Fred while he is making his way through dangerous territory, while Chrissie is telling her story to her daughter.

The vivid descriptions of St. Kilda and its inhabitants tell of harsh life on an unforgiving land where tragedy struck so many families but also of a community that looked after their own. There wasn’t any discrimination of age where the steep slopes lead to the cliff face and claimed regular lives. The bitterly cold winds and harsh winters that made the residents reliant on the ships that called on them in winter, when they could get through.  In 1930 the residents had to be evacuated as life there become unsustainable and an era ended.

A truly captivating story of love set in an unforgettable location beautifully brought back to life by this outstanding author. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Elisabeth Gifford studied French literature and world religions at Leeds University. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College. She is married with three adult children and lives in Kingston upon Thames.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @elisabeth04liz

elisabethgifford.com

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver @JosieSilver_ @PenguinUKBooks #TheTwoLivesOfLydiaBird #NetGalley #NewRelease #Fantasy #FantasyWomensFiction

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird: The gorgeous new love story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of One Day In December by [Silver, Josie]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘A beautiful, emotional gift’ – Jodi Picoult

‘Gorgeous’ – Marian Keyes

‘Butterfly-inducing, laugh-out-loud funny’ – Paige Toon

THE CAPTIVATING NEW NOVEL FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ONE DAY IN DECEMBER

What if you could live your great love story again?

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’ve been together for almost a decade, and Lydia thinks their love is indestructible.

But she’s wrong. Because on her 27th birthday, Freddie dies in a tragic accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob ’til her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to live her life well. So, enlisting the help of his best friend and her sister Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world and starts to live – perhaps even to love – again.

Then something unbelievable happens, and Lydia gets another chance at her old life with Freddie. But what if there’s someone in her new life who wants her to stay?

A heart-breaking, uplifting story for fans of PS I Love You and Me Before You, this gorgeously romantic novel will make you laugh, cry and remind you of what a wonderful gift it is to love and to be loved.

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird: The gorgeous new love story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of One Day In December

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Somethings just belong together like fish and chips or strawberries and cream, people can be like that too. When anyone thought of Freddie Hunter it was always with Lydia Bird and their bestie Jonah Jones. The day it was Lydia’s 28th birthday Freddie had called on Jonah so they could all celebrate it together. Freddie didn’t make it home he died in the car he was driving while Jonah only had minimal injuries. Lydia simply fell apart.

Lydia is prescribed a trial medication, a little pink pill to help her sleep but each time she takes one she finds herself in a parallel world to ours where Freddie is still alive and planning their wedding. Each of her worlds continues while she is in the other. Here Lydia is so wrapped up in her own grieving that she doesn’t see anyone else’s, her days are just somewhere to wait until the night time comes and she can go to Freddie.

What an incredible story this is! As Freddie had died at the beginning of the story you only see what the characters are like after the accident in this world but because of the parallel world existence, you get to see what the true effect it had been on them. It is like a pebble thrown in a pond that touches so many people in different degrees of intensity.

The only problem with an alternative world is that it is just as unpredictable but in different ways. This is a beautifully written story that is definitely not full of doom and gloom. There were moments that made me laugh and chuckle way after I finished the book. So many brilliant lively characters that support in different ways. I shed tears, swooned and enjoyed a real punch in the air moment. A highly recommended read. Loved it!

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

Josie Silver

Josie Silver is a writer of love stories.

Her debut novel One Day in December was a Sunday Times & NY Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

Josie lives in the midlands with her husband, their sons, and an ever changing cast of animals.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @JosieSilver_

josiesilver.com

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird: The gorgeous new love story from the Sunday Times bestselling author of One Day In December by [Silver, Josie]

First Names Announced for The Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival #TheakstonsCrime #HIF2020

I am absolutely delighted to be invited to share with you the release of some of the big names at this awesome crime writing festival. I have been there a couple of times myself and had an outstanding weekend. Everyone is so very friendly, including the writers themselves who mix with the guests.

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The world-class, award-winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, now in its 17th year, will return to the magnificent Old Swan Hotel on 23-26 July 2020!

Curated by our expert Programming Committee which for this year is helmed by crime fiction titan Ian Rankin and celebrating the very best in crime fiction, the Festival is a firm date in the literary calendar and has achieved international acclaim for the programming, organisation and atmosphere.

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Ian Rankin

With the 2020 festival fast approaching, we are absolutely delighted to be welcoming such incredible names as: crime fiction queen Martina Cole; the author of “one of the best twenty spy novels of all time” Mick Herron; the American crime author with books read across the world Lisa Gardner; the creator of the beloved Tom Thorne series Mark Billingham; Michael Connelly, the author who has sold over 74 million books; the impressive forensic anthropologist who just happens to be an award-winning crime novelist in her spare time Kathy Reichs; and Elly Griffiths, the accomplished author who chaired our Programming Committee back in 2017.

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Martina Cole                      Mick Herron

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Lisa Gardner

Bowled over? Remember, this is in addition to our fresh and exciting hand-picked panels who will be gracing the main stage over the 3-day weekend! With over 100 authors set to appear, you’re bound to find something you like.

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Mark Billingham             Michael Connelly

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Kathy Reichs                  Elly Griffiths

 

Fancy coming to the Festival this year? The first tier of Weekend Rover and Day Rover tickets will go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 4th March 2020. Tickets are expected to be very popular, as such we recommend making sure your online account is set up and ready to go well in advance, alternatively book your Weekend Break Package now!

 

*** The full programme line-up will be announced on 2nd April 2020***

PRAISE FOR THEAKSTON OLD PECULIER CRIME WRITING FESTIVAL

 

“The Best Crime Festival in the World and I should know I’ve done them all” Lee Child

“Harrogate is a must. With beautiful locale, smart fans and superb author interaction, it’s one of the best festivals I’ve ever attended” Michael Connelly

“Incredibly well run and such a friendly group of authors and punters” J. S. Monroe

“Turning a small corner of Yorkshire into paradise” Val McDermid

“Amazing Event, great company” Robert Scragg

“There are so many Festivals in the world, but this is the one I keep coming back to” Andrew Taylor

“The crime Festival is the best in the country, and it shows no sign of ever changing” Barry Forshaw

“Famous amongst crime readers all over the world” Ann Cleeves

“It’s the industry must-have” N J Cooper

Find out more at:

·       Website: www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

·       Facebook: @HarrogateInternationalFestivals

·       Twitter: @HarrogateFest

·       Instagram: @harrogatefestivals

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Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth: A humorous British cozy mystery (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) by Holly Bell @holly_b_author #BookReview #BlogReview #AmandaCadabra

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth: A humorous British cozy mystery (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) by [Bell, Holly]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Asthmatic furniture restorer and covert witch Amanda Cadabra is a survivor. After all, her family’s bus went over a Cornish cliff. Now the presentable but irritating Inspector Trelawney is dogging her footsteps as he investigates the unexplained deaths. But that’s the least of her problems. Amanda has just got a furniture restoration job at the old English Manor of Sunken Madley with its murky past.

Armed only with a wand and Tempest, her grumpy reincarnated cat, she’s going in. A body, ghosts, hidden tunnels, chills and unexplained lights; can Amanda solve the mystery in time and save the village from the scandal of murder?

This book is set in England, so the language reflects how we spell and speak here (however strange!). This may be a little different from what you’re used to, especially in the US, but never fear, there’s a glossary at the back of the book if you need help.

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Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth: A humorous British cozy mystery (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 1)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

When you first meet Amanda she is only a little girl being brought up by her lovely grandparents where she is home school because of asthma that she suffers from. It has made it much easier for her grandparents though because the first day that Amanda did magic was by accident and luckily they were the only ones to see it. It was time to tell Amanda about them and her. What a wonderful childhood Amanda has but it isn’t long before the story jumps forward and the main event begins.

To the outside the world Amanda is furniture restorer like her grandfather but she and her reincarnated grumpy cat Tempest manage to get up to quite a bit of witchy business. There are some marvellous characters in the book, a lovely best friend and a couple of rather dashing gentlemen. At times I was nearly crying with some of the antics as it is so darn delightful. Amanda is a super sleuth at digging way back into the past and solving long ago mysteries, of course with a little help from some friendly ghosts and a touch of magic.

I am delighted to say that there is already a further three books out in this series so it is a perfect time to catch up now. There are some fabulous reviews on the series and if they are anything to go by this then they are gems. Highly recommended!

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cat adorer and chocolate lover, Holly Bell is a photographer and video maker when not writing. Holly lives in the UK and is a mixture of English, Scottish, Cornish and Welsh, among other ingredients.

Whilst being an enthusiastic novel reader, Holly has had a lifetime’s experience in writing non-fiction. Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth is her first official venture into the realms of fiction and there is no looking back in the foreseeable future.

Her favourite animal is called Bobby. He is a black cat. Purely coincidental. Of course.

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES PLUS AMAZON LINKS:

Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition

Amanda Cadabra and The Cellar of Secrets (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 2)

Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan: A humorous British cozy mystery (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 3) Kindle Edition

Amanda Cadabra and The Flawless Plan: A humorous British cozy mystery (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 3)

Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley: A humorous British cozy mystery (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition

Amanda Cadabra and The Rise of Sunken Madley: A humorous British cozy mystery (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 4)

AUTHOR LINKS:

Amanda Cadabra and The Hidey-Hole Truth: A humorous British cozy mystery (The Amanda Cadabra Cozy Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) by [Bell, Holly]

The Girl With the Lounding Voice by Abi Daré @abidare_author @SceptreBooks #TheGirlWithTheLoudngVoice #NetGalley #NewRelease

BOOK DESCRIPTION

All you have are your words.

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK
AN OBSERVER HOTTEST TIPPED DEBUT NOVELIST OF 2020
A RED MAGAZINE CAN’T WAIT TO READ BOOK OF 2020
A BBC CONTEMPORARY FICTION BOOK OF 2020
A STYLIST BEST BOOK OF 2020
A NEW YORK TIMES 14 NEW BOOKS TO WATCH FOR IN FEBRUARY

‘A stunning novel – original, beautiful and powerful’ ROSAMUND LUPTON

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education.

As the only daughter of a broke father, she is a valuable commodity. Removed from school and sold as a third wife to an old man, Adunni’s life amounts to this: four goats, two bags of rice, some chickens and a new TV. When unspeakable tragedy swiftly strikes in her new home, she is secretly sold as a domestic servant to a household in the wealthy enclaves of Lagos, where no one will talk about the strange disappearance of her predecessor, Rebecca. No one but Adunni…

As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless servant, fourteen-year-old Adunni is repeatedly told that she is nothing. But Adunni won’t be silenced. She is determined to find her voice – in a whisper, in song, in broken English – until she can speak for herself, for the girls like Rebecca who came before, and for all the girls who will follow.

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The Girl with the Louding Voice: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a powerful message from a girl who is determined to be heard in the story. When Adunni’s mother was dying, she made her father promise that Adunni would finish her education but he soon pulled her from school and at fourteen she is promised to be married to an old man. He already has two wives but is desperate for a son having already having one wife unable to have children and a second wife who has only given him two daughters.

Adunni’s voice is of broken English, very understandable and easy to fall in with. She is a very strong character that learns quickly and knows how far she can push someone. It is heartbreaking the things the happen to her, especially when you know there are no laws to protect her. It is like it says in the book, slavery was abolished in 1833 but still, girls were being sold and bartered over, raped and abused openly.

Adunni doesn’t just want a better life for herself she wants a better life for all the girls like her that are frighted to speak up. Not everyone is cruel but the girls are still sold with no wages or possible chance to leave, get an education or choose a life for themselves.

This is an outstanding story and heartbreaking but hopefully, the louding voice will carry on getting louder. The voices that hear need to do more than listen though. A stunning debut novel. Very 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

Abi Daré

Abi Daré grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and has lived in the UK for over 18 years. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Keen to improve her writing, Abi completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London, achieving a Distinction. Her novel, THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE won The Bath Novel Award in 2018 and was selected as a finalist in The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition in 2018. Abi lives in Essex with her husband and two children.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @abidare_author

The Foundling by Stacey Halls @stacey_halls @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BlogTour #HistoricalFiction #BookReview #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of compulsive readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour The Foundling by Stacey Halls.

The Foundling: From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars by [Halls, Stacey]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Two women from different worlds. And a secret that will change everything . . .

London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst – that Clara has died in care – the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed – by her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.

Less than a mile from Bess’ lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

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The Foundling: From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Bess Bright Knew who the father to her illegitimate baby was but he had unexpectedly died before Clara had been born. the only trace she had of him had been the whalebone piece he had given her, one half having his initials on the other had hers. Bess lived at home with her widowed father and there was no way she could possibly keep the baby. Clara was taken to The Foundling hospital on the day she had been born, by her mother and grandfather, to be raised by them, taught a trade and eventually work for her keep. For entertainment, the wealthy could pay to watch a lottery-type entry for the babies to be chosen at random for a place at the Foundling Church. The unlucky ones were turned away and likely starve or become ill and die through poverty.

Clara saved every penny she could until she could buy her daughter back when she was able to work. Clara was now six. When she returned to the Foundling Church, Clara had already been collected the day after Bess had left her by her the register said. Her child was gone. A doctor, who she met at the Foundling church organised a child caring job for Bess to a wealthy widow.

The child and Bess hit it off straight away with a natural way that the widow had never had with her daughter. The young widow was petrified of everything outside due to trauma she had suffered, this then had imprisoned the little girl in the house too.

What a superbly written story. Set in 1754 I felt everything, could smell everything and saw everything clearly. Stacey Halls take you there with her writing, the language she uses, the hardships and the hunger. Even lifting your skirts to pee in the street had a knack to it. Life wasn’t easy whether you were 6 or 46. The story is firstly told by Bess then also by the young widow. Money makes the difference between life and death and whether anyone believes you or not. A heart-wrenching tale.

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

Stacey Halls

Stacey Halls grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire, as the daughter of market traders. She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and moved to London aged 21. She was media editor at The Bookseller and books editor at Stylist.co.uk, and has also written for Psychologies, the Independent and Fabulous magazine, where she now works as Deputy Chief Sub Editor. The Familiars is her first novel.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @stacey_halls

staceyhalls.com

 

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The Treadstone Resurrection by Joshua Hood @joshuahoodbooks @HoZ_Books #BlogTour #BookReview #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Anna Zanetti of Midas PR for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Treadstone Resurrection by Joshua Hood

Robert Ludlum's™ The Treadstone Resurrection by [Hood, Joshua]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The first novel in an explosive new series inspired by Robert Ludlum’s Bourne universe, perfect for those who binged Treadstone.

Treadstone made Jason Bourne an unstoppable force, but he’s not the only one.

Operation Treadstone has nearly ruined Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops program trained him to be a nearly invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family and any chance at a normal life. Which is why he was determined to get out. Working as a cabinet-maker in rural Oregon, Adam thinks he has left Treadstone in the past, until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at his job site.

Adam must regain the skills that Treadstone taught him – lightning reflexes and a cold conscience – in order to discover who the would-be killers are, and why they have come after him now. Are his pursuers enemies from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Or, perhaps, someone inside Treadstone? His search will unearth secrets in the highest levels of government and pull him back into the shadowy world he worked so hard to forget.

BUY LINK:

Robert Ludlum’sTM The Treadstone Resurrection

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The original Bourne series is quite a legacy to follow but Robert Ludlum has woken Threadstone from its hibernation and a new and exciting chapter has begun in style. Adam Hayes had built himself a new life after Treadstone but something from his past was not done with him yet. An email from a former colleague followed by an attack from a pretty specialised team give Adam no choice but to retaliate but it has been a while since he needed to use his special talents. If he is to find out why this is happening now he has to sharpen up his skills and mindset to have any chance of surviving. It is game on.

This is an all-action non-stop survival thriller that Hayes can’t wait around on, to be tracked down. He doesn’t even know if this is someone he had been up against in the past or even his own side tieing up loose ends, him definitely being one of them. The grizzly scenes aren’t held back on, as there is full-on do what you need to do to find answers approaches. It all comes with the territory and de-sensitizing of all conscience to get results.

Every page brings a new danger, a new assailant and Hayes a force that seems like it has been building like a shook-up pop bottle that has just been released. If you like your action in a story to be a blow by blow account then this is the book for you. This is a very exciting start to this new series which I am sure will be huge. The author has done an amazing job to re-awaken this simmering series and bring it back to the boil.

 

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Robert Ludlum (1927 – 2001) was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into 32 languages in 50 countries. Among his best-sellers were The Scarlatti Inheritance (1971), The Osterman Weekend (1972), The Matarese Circle (1979). He is most famous for the Jason Bourne series – The Bourne Identity (1980), The Bourne Supremacy (1986) and The Bourne Ultimatum (1990). The series was adapted for TV in 1988, for a film featuring Matt Damon in the lead role in 2002, and for a brand-new TV production from the writer behind Heroes and Chicago Hope in January 2020.

Joshua Hood is the author of Warning Order and Clear by Fire. He graduated from the University of Memphis before joining the military and spending five years in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a team leader in the 3-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2007 to 2008, Hood served as a squad leader with the 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan for which he was decorated for valour in Operation Furious Pursuit. On his return to civilian life he became a sniper team leader on a full time SWAT team in Memphis, where he was awarded the lifesaving medal. Currently he works as the Director of Veteran Outreach for the American Warrior Initiative

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Twitter: @joshuahoodbooks

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Disturbing Works Volume Two by Jon Richter @richterwrites #BookReview #ShortStories #HorrorStories

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Another compendium of delightfully macabre stories by Jon Richter, author of Deadly Burial and Never Rest. Jon’s first short fiction collection was described as ‘Black Mirror meets Tales Of The Unexpected’, and here he brings you another chilling assortment of twisted tales encompassing killer creatures, terrifying technology, and scientific experiments gone horribly wrong… These dark fables are perfect for anyone who likes their reads short, shocking, and laced with a dash of black humour.

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Jon Richter’s Disturbing Works: Volume Two: Another Collection Of Dark Stories

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is one hellish collection of the weirdest and most disturbing short stories of Jon Richter’s mind. It is captivating, strange and hypnotic, each inviting you in if you dare. I loved how each story was so unique, at times grotesque and always leaving me with unease like it must be an alternate reality, I hope and not the shape of things to come.

There are ten stories, timeless tales of the unpredictable with an added twist in the tale. I can say that there wasn’t a story that I didn’t like but there were a couple that just tickled my warped sense of humour that little bit more.

The Truth, this just blew my mind, oh boy, cellars at not really my thing to start with so I felt my reading pace hesitate with every step that the story took me and what was in there stopped me dead before I saw the next words. “Ahhh, there you are,” said the monstrous thing that lived down there. “I was wondering what time you’d get here. I’m fucking starving.”

Now I am not one to be lost for words but I really kept my mouth shut with this one. What was in there, well you will have to find out but I didn’t know whether to laugh or get out of there. I was like a rabbit in headlights. It is a beaut story!

Jon Richter is such a talented author, I have read his novel a while ago and it still remains so very clear in my mind and so will these stories. If you would like something just off-key but totally entertaining then go no further. Brilliant stories highly recommended.

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

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Jon Richter writes dark fiction, and is the author of two gripping crimes thrillers, Deadly Burial and Never Rest, as well as two collections of short horror fiction (Jon Richter’s Disturbing Works, Volumes One and Two). Jon writes whenever he can, and hopes to be able to bring you more macabre tales in the very near future.

Jon lives in London and spends some of his time hiding in the guise of his sinister alter ego, an accountant called Dave. When he isn’t counting beans, he is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a great story.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @richterwrites

website at www.jonrichter.com.