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Darkly Dancing by Chloe Hammond #TheDarklyDancingTrilogy @chloehammond111

Darkly Dancing: Savage and Seductive Vampire Literature for grown ups (The Darkly Vampire Trilogy Book 2) by [Hammond, Chloe]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

How much trouble can a night out dancing cause?

Hidden away in an idyllic cottage in Brittany, Rae was counting on finally getting some peace to contemplate life as a vampire, and the chance to let her shattered heart heal.
But Pretty One Layla is bored, and Chameleon Brian is lonely.

Trouble is brewing, but Rae is oblivious.
A visit from the charming and dangerous Lady Abigail is the last thing they need. Rae’s questions about the origins of vampires are about to be answered, in the most awful way.

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Darkly Dancing: Savage and Seductive Vampire Literature for grown ups (The Darkly Vampire Trilogy Book 2)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I absolutely loved Chole Hammond’s first book in this series which seemed to bring to life a more realistic vampire community than I have read about before. I would say that as this is a series do read book one first to get the background on the main characters, although it is briefly gone over in this book.

Rae is settling in pretty well as her talent is taken under control by her but a couple of the group are restless. What takes place jeopardises the whole group with a knock on the door bringing the indiscretion further into the light and puts the small group of friends in danger of exposure with the council.

The arrival of one of the original vampires has a devastating effect on the whole group. I was mesmerised by the story of the beginning of the original group but throw a bit of crazy in there mixed with a power-hungry tyrant and you really have a massive problem.  There are massive shocks in this book that took me by surprise.

The vampires may be the living dead but they certainly have a lot of living to do yet. Simply can’t wait to get to book three to see the final conclusion to this brilliant series.

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chloe Hammond is an Aquarius, very Aquarius. Born in Liverpool in 1975, she grew up in West Wales, but now lives in Barry in South Wales, with her husband and rescue cats and dogs. She always wanted to write, but life got in the way. Last year she was diagnosed with extreme anxiety and depression, which caused nightmares and sleepless nights. In her typically contrary way she used this to her advantage and the nightmares became this novel, and the sleeplessness nights were when she found time to write it.
She has a lovely sea view from her desk, which she gazes at to still her mind so her characters can burst forth and have their say. This is her first novel, but Rae and Layla are demanding book two and three in the trilogy are written as soon as possible, they have adventures to live.

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Darkly Dancing: Savage and Seductive Vampire Literature for grown ups (The Darkly Vampire Trilogy Book 2) by [Hammond, Chloe]

Jennifer Brown Moving On (The Jennifer Brown Series Book 2) by Angie Langley @angielangley0

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

She’s back!
Five feet one and full of fizz, Jennifer Brown has learned to roll with the punches and adapt to whatever life throws at her. It’s thrown plenty in the past and she’s had to use her steely core to reinvent herself, first as cook and housekeeper to a saucy sexagenarian, then as manager of a tumbledown country estate with sensitive secrets. In Jennifer Brown On The Move, this Bridget Jones with knobs on is taking charge of her life again, showing the world she can move in the most exalted, high-power circles and lose not an ounce of her gutsy, down-to-earth charm. Her hilarious cross-dressing confidant Will is on hand once again, with pearls of caustic wisdom, and her old boss Jonathan Dashwood-Silk breezes in and out of her life, still dripping charisma but still needing our heroine to dig him out of the odd hole. As she crosses continents and breaks bread with the world’s movers and shakers, Jennifer Brown finds her mind still troubled by thoughts of the quiet man with the warm eyes and the velvet vowels. Then that daydream is torpedoed when she’s invited to his wedding.
But you know Jennifer. She never gives up!

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Jennifer Brown Moving On

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:

If you want a real lighthearted read that just totally rocks then go no further, this is a little gem. I defy anyone to read this book and not be totally taken with Jennifer Brown when you are done. She is savvy, she is bright and definitely beautiful but most of all she is full of love and life.

I read the first book, which introduced me to Jennifer a little while ago which was brilliant but I must say that this just upped the ante for me. I laughed till I cried and I cried till I laughed she is such a blast.

Jennifer can put her hand to any job she takes a fancy to and with the gift of the gab can manage to wrap most people round her finger, in a really good way because everyone is just better for being with her. She makes you ache to be part of her friends’ list. She certainly globe-trots in this book and I was determined that I would keep in step with her. It was riotous!

So looking forward to new adventures with Jennifer in the next episode. A perfect holiday read and a perfect pick me up!

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

Angie Langley

I grew up in Somerset and have lived in the south west of England all my life. Nowadays my home is in the beautiful Woodford Valley near Salisbury, on the banks of the river Avon. A tiny piece of heaven and a true writers paradise.
When I’m not writing, I’m a keen wildlife photographer and am currently working on a book of poems for children all about the local wildlife who live along the riverbank.
Writing Jennifer Brown’s Journey was a labour of love for me. Most of the book is based on my true-life experiences, enhanced by my furtive imagination which takes over as humorous characters and situations are brought in to provide the chapters with the emotional balance I feel is required. Many of these humorous elements are the result of everyday observations

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Twitter: @angielangley0

Jennifer Brown Moving On: "An uproariously human Everywoman who's fast becoming chicklit's most engaging heroine" by [Langley, Angie]

The Bus on Thursday by Shirley Barrett

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘Intoxicating’ Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation

‘Barrett’s brilliant second novel plummets headlong into a darkly funny tale’ Mail on Sunday

Bridget Jones meets Twin Peaks in this black comedy about a woman’s retreat to a remote Australian town and the horrors awaiting her.

It wasn’t just the bad breakup that turned Eleanor Mellett’s life upside down. It was the cancer. And all the demons that came with it.

One day she felt a bit of a bump when she was scratching her armpit at work. The next thing she knew, her breast was being removed by an inappropriately attractive doctor, and she was subsequently inundated with cupcakes, besieged by judgy support groups, and the ungrateful recipient of hand-knitted sweaters from her mum.

Luckily, Eleanor finds that Talbingo, a remote little town, needs a primary-school teacher. Their Miss Barker upped and vanished in the night, despite being the most caring teacher ever, according to everyone. Unfortunately, Talbingo is a bit creepy. It’s not only the communion-wine-swigging priest prone to rants about how cancer is caused by demons. Or the unstable, overly sensitive kids, always going on about Miss Barker and her amazing sticker system. It’s living alone in a remote cabin, with no phone service or wifi, wondering why there are so many locks on the front door, and who is knocking on it late at night.

Riotously funny, deeply unsettling, and surprisingly poignant, Shirley Barrett’s The Bus on Thursday is a wicked, weird, wild ride for fans of Maria Semple, Stephen King and Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. And when have those three writers ever appeared in the same sentence?

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The Bus on Thursday

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is one screwed up book that refuses to be stored in my mind as it keeps bobbing back into my thoughts and swirling around with the strange characters from the madcap town of Talbingo.

Eleanor Mellett was a big city girl through and through including being part of the rat race that came with it until her mapped out life began to crumble. Elementary school teacher Eleanor and her long-time boyfriend broke up only three months before she discovered a lump under her armpit. What she thought would be a simple removal of the lump turned into a mastectomy.  Eleanor found the perfect solution when she saw an advertisement for a new teacher way out in the middle of nowhere. A small Australian town where everyone knows everyone else. It even comes with a population board which was added to or deducted from depending on births, deaths, leavers, and newcomers.

Eleanor soon discovers that the position of school teacher has come available because the previous teacher vanished one night. Now Eleanor isn’t only filling the ‘perfect’ Miss Barker’s role in school but has also been given the ex-teacher’s home. There is something very amiss with the people in this town.

I love quirky, unpredictable books, with weird and unreadable characters so I found that I was in my element with this book. The town is a cross of Wayward Pines and Twin Peaks but with  Eleanor being totally out of place with the strange hypnotic residents that I felt had been there far longer than their actual years.

From the horrors of how different people react to her after surgery, which is heartbreaking at times, to how she sees the world makes it a read laced with sadness and dry humour.  Eleanor is a very unforgettable character, one who isn’t perfect, makes mistakes and wrong choices.

This is a story that people will interpret differently, see a different ending and what it all means. Just read it with an open mind and let the story and your mind work together. I love that it still pops into my head, makes me smile and makes me try to make sense of some of it still.

I wish to thank Amazon Vine for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shirley Barrett

Shirley Barrett is best known for her work as a screenwriter and director. Shirley’s first film, Love Serenade won the Camera D’Or (Best First Feature) at Cannes Film Festival in 1996. The script for her film South Solitary won the Queensland Premier’s Prize (script) 2010, the West Australian Premier’s Literary Prize (script) 2010, and the West Australian Premier’s Prize 2010. Rush Oh! is Shirley’s first novel. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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The Bus on Thursday by [Barrett, Shirley]

 

Day is Done by Robin Roughley @RobRoughley #DSMarnieHammond #KindleUnlimited #BookReview

Day Is Done (Marnie Hammond Book 3) by [Roughley, Robin]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

For Marnie Hammond the fact that Clarissa Wold is in hospital under guard is a blessing. At last Wold will be held accountable for the crimes she committed with her monstrous brother, sickening crimes spanning over twenty years and leaving nothing but the bones and skulls of the innocent behind.
Wold holds the key to what happened to Marnie’s younger sister sixteen years earlier, and she is determined to get to the truth no matter what the cost.
Though on one blood-drenched night all that will change, leaving Marnie in a world of turmoil as she realises that there are others out there in the shadows who want to silence Wold permanently before she reveals her sickening secrets.
Suddenly, Marnie is plummeted into the depths of despair when she realises that finding out what happened to Abby is going to be harder than she could ever have imagined.
To make matters worse she is being questioned about her actions, and, as she fights her way to the truth, she becomes convinced that there are those in the force who want to end her career once and for all.
Though she soon comes to realise that losing her job is the least of her problems, when someone emerges from the shadows, a man with ice-cold blue eyes and a shock of white hair, a man whose reputation precedes him, a stone-cold killer who offers to help Marnie.
In the crucible of hate and madness that follows, she must decide which way to turn, can she trust a known killer, a ghost who kills with impunity, or will she follow the solitary path with enemies closing in on all sides?

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Day Is Done (Marnie Hammond Book 3)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is the third and final book in this stunning series.

DS Marine Hammond is a real complex character that is still haunted by guilt from her childhood and still chasing ghosts to find out answers about her abducted sister. But finally, after 16 years she is hoping to get some answers and justice, someone else has other ideas though and what Marnie thought was the conclusion to the past was only another horrendous chapter in her life opening up.

I was well excited to finally be reading this book knowing all too well that I would, at last, have all the answers. This really didn’t disappoint, this author’s books never disappoint. I feel like I have just done ten rounds in a boxing ring, I am emotionally wiped out, battered and bruised and speechless. From opening the cover this already intense story just kept spiking even more. I was even more made up when characters from one of the author’s other series made an appearance. I had to giggle away at what Marnie thought of them, seeing them as outsiders.

Marnie is faced with tough choices if she is going to get the answers she needs, which means not always working within the law.

Roughley’s writing is unpredictable which leaves me battered, he certainly isn’t gentle with his characters or readers but what you get is what could happen, not what you want to happen. The writing is graphic, the pain is real, the emotions twisted. The ending perfection.

Highly recommended series.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Robin Roughley lives in Wigan in the the North West of England (God’s coal bunker) the mythical land of the pie, clogs that spark and whippets on pieces of string.
He is the author of twenty six novels twenty of which feature the force of nature that is DS Lasser.
He also writes the haunting DS Marnie Hammond series and Stormcock the first in the explosive Plymouth series, plus Pinches of Salt the first in the dark comedy series featuring TV presenter Charlie Roebuck.
Plus Imprint of the Past a standalone novel of love and loss.
If you love your crime fiction crammed with square jawed heroes driving flash cars and glorious women who shimmer with inner light, then the novels are probably not for you.
However, if you prefer your characters to be flawed, with a sprinkling of dandruff and old acne scars,the plots to be laced with dark humour, then give them a try.

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Day Is Done (Marnie Hammond Book 3) by [Roughley, Robin]

Torment by Mark Tilbury @MTilburyAuthor @Bloodhoundbook #BlogTour #NewRelease #Torment

Firstly I wish to thank the Author for inviting me on this Blog Tour to read and review his latest book release, TORMENT by Mark Tilbury.

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Who can you really trust?

Beth Cruikshank couldn’t be happier. She is eight weeks pregnant and married to the man of her dreams. But after returning home from a celebratory meal, she finds a wreath from her sister’s grave hanging above the bed and a kitchen knife embedded in her pillow. There are no signs of a forced entry. Nothing is stolen. And no one other than the cleaner has a key to the house.

And then a campaign of terror begins. Beth becomes increasingly paranoid as it becomes clear that someone close to the family is behind these disturbing events.

But who would want Beth dead?

Can Beth find the answer before it’s too late?

Torment is a story of misplaced loyalty, revenge and sacrifice.

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Torment: an astonishing psychological thriller

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Every time that I read a Mark Tilbury book it is like discovering a new author time and time again. All his characters are fresh, the plot unique and the guaranteed thrill from a different angle. The only thing that they have in common is how addictive they are and so impossible to put down.

Beth and David seem to have it all, jobs they love and a beautiful home but they have seen hard times. Beth never really got over the death of her sister when they were children and the couple has just found out that they are having a baby, after already miscarrying three previous pregnancies. So they have a bit of sparkle about them that this may be their turning point.

When they return home after an evening out they make a horrid discovery, a wreath on the door and a knife through Beth’s pillow. The police can seem to do little to help, so Beth turns to find an ear to listen to her fears in her best friend Kim. Kim has her own problems, living in an abusive relationship so with David working long hours and at times away from home the solution seems to be for Kim to move in with them.

Mark Tilbury certainly packs the pages with growing tension as the invasion into Beth’s life increases and moves onto the next level. I love that he isn’t afraid to express his female characters to the fullest and how every situation will affect them in the story. I am always taken by surprise at how far he pushes the characters, I did work out who but not the why.

As soon as I pick up this author’s books I know that I should sit with my back firmly against the wall so that I don’t have to glance over my shoulder at what’s behind me. He really knows how to creep me out. Oh boy, the last few chapters were definitely read with one eye closed. I wanted to know what was happening but didn’t want to see either.

Awesome!

HERE IS A LITTLE 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.

After being widowed and raising his two daughters, Mark finally took the plunge and self-published two books on Amazon, The Revelation Room and The Eyes of the Accused.

He’s always had a keen interest in writing, and is extremely proud to have had seven novels published by Bloodhound Books, including his most recent release, Torment.

When he’s not writing, Mark can be found playing guitar, reading and walking.

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AUTHOR LINKS:

Mark Tilbury – Author of dark psychological thrillers.
Website: http://www.marktilbury.com
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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell @lisajewelluk #NetGalley #TheFamilyUpstairs #NewRelease #BlogReview

The Family Upstairs by [Jewell, Lisa]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption. Reminiscent of Donna Tartt in scope and quality’ IAN RANKIN

FROM THE #1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THEN SHE WAS GONE

In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.

In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.

They’ve been dead for several days.

Who has been looking after the baby?

And where did they go?

Two entangled families.
A house with the darkest of secrets.
A compulsive new thriller from Lisa Jewell.

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The Family Upstairs

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

At 24 years old Libby Jones is just a typical young woman, working and scrapping by with life’s little luxuries when she can afford them. At 25 years old Libby Jones is informed that she has inherited an almost mansion type house in Chelsea worth a few million. Libby also finds out about how she had been found and adopted as a baby. Not even close to the story she had been told as a child.

Meanwhile in France Lucy tells her two children, Marco 12 and Stella 5 that they have to get to the UK to meet the baby who will be 25 years old now.

The third cog is Henry Lamb, who tells the story of the house his parents, his sister and he use to live in. The privileged lifestyle, wanting for nothing and comings and goings of the wealthy friends of his parents with regular outings with his socialite mother. Then one day people came to stay, just for a little while he is told but life will never be the same again.

This is one tremendous story and it unwound and came together with perfection. When Libby opens the door to her inheritance, it is like walking back into the house twenty-five years ago. Everything is like it was the day it was locked up with the exception of three dead bodies which had long been removed and when a water pipe had to be mended. But someone was in the house, she heard them.

The story unfolds with chapters that piece together how life had been for the family and the drastic changes that were to take over all of their lives. In present-day Libby is determined to find the truth about so many unanswered questions from the past.

This is one mesmerising book that I absolutely adored. Each chapter from the past grew darker with a sense of sheer helplessness for the children as times goes on. I felt so frustrated that I could have burst. How could this happen? Why didn’t someone know? But who really wants to get involved in other people’s business? I read so much of the later chapters with a hand over my mouth, unable to believe what I was seeing, and I don’t mean words. The pictures in my mind were strikingly vivid and real but I couldn’t, not look.

I am bowled over and absolutely loved the end, even the shiver it put down my spine! Just pure magic!

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

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Lisa Jewell was born in London. Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was published in 1999. It was the best-selling debut novel of the year. Since then she has published another sixteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls and Then She Was Gone (both of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks). Lisa is a top ten New York Times and number one Sunday Times author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two daughters, two cats, two guinea pigs and the best dog in the world.

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Twitter: @lisajewelluk

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The Family Upstairs by [Jewell, Lisa]

Dark Secrets (A Detective Joe Stone Novel Book 3) by Jack Steele @JackSteele1961 #BlogTour #NewRelease #JoeStone

Firstly I wish to thank Jack Steele for inviting me on his blog tour for DARK SECRETS.

DARK SECRETS : (A Detective Joe Stone Novel Book 3) by [Steele, Jack]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Detective Joe Stone is battling personal issues alongside a promotion which he feels unready to fulfil. When a psychopath escapes from Broadmoor and starts abducting the team under his command he is under increasing pressure. Can Joe hold his nerve as events lead to a tragic finale?

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DARK SECRETS : (A Detective Joe Stone Novel Book 3)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Oh boy, oh boy! I loved the first book in this series, adored the second but well this the third and final book just blew me away. A true artist always leaves his audience wanting more and Jack Steele has definitely done that.

The opening was dramatic and I was instantly feeling that tingle on the back of my neck, not knowing if I should read faster or slow my pace, either way, it was going to be a one-sitting read as I sped along. Just the mention of Broadmoor puts a knot in my stomach but when a very organised break out takes place with a familiar character that has already made a permanent imprint on the team then they really need to feel scared.

It isn’t long before the team is well and truly feeling the wrath of ‘The Chameleon’, as there seems to be nowhere to hide from this man. I was speechless, could this be the end for the team!!!!!!!! Detective Joe Stone is certainly not a happy man but he has to put his personal feelings aside if he is ever to see his team back together again.

This is no ordinary team of detectives, this is a special unit that deals with the more unusual elements of criminals each of them quickly adapting to changing situations that they find themselves in. What an ending!

For me, this story took the gruesome up a notch and it rocked, definitely one of my top ten reads this year. Highly recommended.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jack was born in Hackney, London and grew up on the Bannister House Estate. He enjoyed English at school with his English teacher, Bernard Phillips, always encouraging him to enjoy reading. At 16, he left school and started a 4 year printing apprenticeship. ‘To say there were a few dodgy characters that I worked/mixed with would be an understatement. They included petty criminals, football hooligans and gangsters.’ Obviously great characters for his novel! As Jack grew older, his love for the Crime Fiction genre became more apparent. As the years rolled by he became more discerning. ‘The Crime Fiction books I was reading were either too descriptive with little action, or too many characters that confused me.’ He decided to write a crime novel that appealed to his own personal taste. He spent five years researching books, magazines, documentaries, movies and internet articles on various subjects. He concentrated on reading fiction/non-fiction on the subjects of Organised Crime, the Mafia, Vice, Psychopaths and Policing.’ Jack completed a creative writing course and attended workshops run by the Nottingham Writers Studio. In 2016 Jack published his first Crime Fiction novel ‘Loose Cannon’ with great reviews. ‘A lot of my characters are based on old colleagues and acquaintances. My readers have enjoyed their own particular character in the book. Many have picked out the doorman, Norman, as one that could have his own series!’ The final words go to Jack. ‘I would like to thank all my readers, editors, bloggers and Crime book club friends who have been so supportive through this process. Their encouragement drives me on to write the next book in the series.’ Jack Steele is the pen name of Mark Homan.

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Twitter: @JackSteele1961

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The Lies We Tell by Niki Mackay @NikiMackayBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orionbooks #complusivereaders #BlogTour #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of compulsive readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Lies We Tell by Niki Mackay

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Miriam Jackson is a famous radio presenter. Married to a successful film director, she has created the perfect life for herself.

Then her daughter goes missing.

Miriam is desperate to find her before her husband finds out and her perfect life crumbles around her. So she calls the only person who can help: Private Investigator Madison Attallee, who has just solved the biggest case of her career.

Can Madison find Miriam’s daughter? And will Miriam share the truth about her past?

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The Lies We Tell

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

When Tabitha, Miriam’s teenage daughter goes missing, she doesn’t panic. Miriam has seen Tabitha knocking about after skipping school before but the whole thing soon turns more sinister when Tabitha doesn’t return home. Miriam has her reasons for holding back the news of the disappearance from her famous film director husband, who works out in the US more than he is home. When she finally has to involve the police a leak to the press soon escalates into front-page news. Now Miriam has to explain why she hadn’t told him. Miriam brings in PI Madison Attallee to help find her daughter knowing that it could mean the end of her marriage.

As the story is told from many characters it soon becomes apparent that everyone has something to hide. This is a very dodgy house of cards which is so very fragile that it could come tumbling down at any point. The story drops back to when Miriam was a young girl trying to fit in at home. Her mum and her and her step-dad and his son.

I love a story with timelines, one in the past and one present day, you just know that when they come together that there is going to be something big but I wasn’t expecting the outcome that I got. I hadn’t thought big enough, I hadn’t thought it could be so crushing and so unthinkable. This turned this book from an OMG read to mind-blowing. I was thrown into attack mode as my rage built as I read and re-read.

The reasons that I couldn’t connect with certain characters began to make sense and how I felt about others changed. This is a read with a fantastic build and superb conclusion.

Many thanks to NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR


I am a writer and a bookworm. I studied Performing Arts at the BRIT School. It turned out I wasn’t very good at acting but quite liked writing scripts. I went on to take a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Drama. I later won a full scholarship for an MA in Journalism.
I love words in many varied forms, and read widely, but my first love is crime-fiction. I am interested in people and what makes them tick: class, prejudice, and feminism. My debut novel ‘I, Witness’ is out on the 19th April 2018 with Orion. It is the first in a series featuring private Investigator Madison Attallee and is set in Kingston-upon-Thames.

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Twitter: @NikiMackayBooks

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A Nearly Normal Family by M. T. Edvardsson #M.T.Edvardsson @macmillanbooks #LegalThriller #AnearlyNormalFamily #NetGalley #ScandinavianCrime

A Nearly Normal Family: A gripping, page-turning thriller with a shocking twist by [Edvardsson, M. T.]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘A deceptive and riveting novel’ – Karin Slaughter

Chosen as one of the best seven thrillers of the summer by the New York Times

A Nearly Normal Family is the stunning psychological thriller from M. T. Edvardsson and asks what would you do if your child was suspected of murder, how far would you go to protect them? Do you want to know the truth? If you loved A. J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window or J. P. Delaney’s The Girl Before, you will love this.

Every murder case starts with a suspect.
What if the suspect is your daughter?
Would you believe her, or the evidence against her?

The Father
Believes his daughter has been framed.

The Mother
Believes she is hiding something.

The Daughter
Believes they have no idea what she’s truly capable of . . .

There are three sides to the story.
And the truth will shatter this family to pieces.

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A Nearly Normal Family: A gripping, page-turning thriller with a shocking twist

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Stella’s parents, like all parents, imagined that their little Princess would be the perfect child, what they got was a feisty young lady that gave more than them cause for concern when she was growing up. Not really the picture they wanted to portray to the local community where Adam was the Pastor of a growing congregation and Ulrika an Attorney.

This is one brilliant story that lead me and I followed like a sheep totally oblivious of what was ultimately waiting for me. As the story unfolds it is told by the three family members in present-day and in flashbacks. When Stella comes home very late after a night out Adam knows that there is something very wrong and he is faced with making decisions that go against everything that he believes in but will the position he holds in the community give him an edge? I mean could you lie in court if your child was facing a murder charge?

I am still bowled over with this book which turned me inside out and back again. The characters were brilliantly created and perfectly played by the author as I am still smiling and shaking my head at the same time! Like in most crime stories you get the main event and then the unraveling of the who and why which in this case you are given early on but this story takes it further into the dynamics of the family unit. It’s a bit like the chicken and the egg. Family loyalty or justice.

Quite a proportion of the story is set around the trial of Stella and it is sooooo tense that my skin was tingling. I waited with bated breath, hung on to every word, and loved every solitary sentence. This was Brilliance, yes with a capital B. A must-read Summer book.

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

A Nearly Normal Family: A gripping, page-turning thriller with a shocking twist by [Edvardsson, M. T.]

The Reunion by Guillaume Musso @Guillaume_Musso @Tr4cyF3nt0n @orionbooks #TheReunion #NetGalley #BlogTour #SummerThriller #CôteD’Azur

Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE REUNION by Guillaume Musso

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The US debut of France’s #1 bestselling novelist, a thriller about a glamorous girl who goes missing in the South of France


An elite prep school frozen in the snow
Three friends linked by a tragic secret
One girl taken by the night

The Côte d’Azur – 25 years ago
One freezing night, as her campus is paralyzed by a snowstorm, 19-year-old Vinca Rockwell, the most beautiful and glamorous girl in her prep school, runs away with her philosophy teacher, with whom she has been conducting a secret affair. For Vinca, “love is everything or nothing.”

She will never be seen again.

The Côte d’Azur – Present day
Once inseparable, Manon, Thomas, and Maxime — Vinca’s best friends — have not spoken since graduation. They meet again at their reunion. Twenty-five years earlier, under terrible circumstances, the three of them committed a murder and buried the body in the gymnasium wall, the same wall that is about to be demolished to make way for an ultramodern new building.

What really happened that long-ago winter night? Now nothing stands in the way of the truth coming out.

From France’s #1 bestselling author, Guillaume Musso, The Reunion is a taut and suspenseful thriller that will keep readers riveted until its haunting final page.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The events of 25 years ago are going to come crumbling down around three former graduates at the reunion to celebrate part of the old uni building being knocked down and the erection of a new replacement. Manon, Thomas, and Maxine know all too well that inside the soon to be demolished Gym wall there is the body of one of their teachers, who had been thought to have run off with a student that went missing the same night. The night had left so many unanswered questions and with this being the last chance to fill in some of the missing links, a good time to finally work out the truth.

Thomas had been totally besotted with Vinca, a young lady that knew how to use her beauty and other people to her best advantage. When she tells Thomas that a teacher had raped her and that she was pregnant he swears revenge. When he returns she has gone. The investigation into the missing pupil and teacher never really took off as it had been assumed that they had run away together.

This is a mighty ball of knotted wool that has to be tackled one bit at a time, a game of patience. Thomas had never felt guilty about his part in events that night, not at the time but having everyone together again had to possibility of closure for doing the right thing. There was something that just hadn’t felt right though.

I really needed to keep focused on this ever emerging story that changed and took on a new perspective at every chapter. Thomas had only scratched the surface of the truth that night. Only knowing a small part of the events that had lead up to that fatal moment for him and after.  It is at times strange reading it. Events couldn’t be changed but would all the pieces be there before the big unexpected reveal in the gym wall?

It is a story that once you begin you have to finish, I never thought it would be so huge. A clever story and unpredictable.

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

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Guillaume Musso

 

Guillaume Musso was the number one bestselling author in France in 2011 and 2012. Born in 1974 on the Cote d’Azur, he knew from an early age that he wanted to write novels and to touch the largest possible number of people.

In 2004, ‘AFTERWARDS’ was published in France by XO Editions and was an immediate bestseller and established a loyal following for his unique brand of storytelling which blends romance, adventure, suspense and the supernatural. It was later made into a film starring John Malkovich, Evangeline Lily, and Romain Duris.

Since then, with every one of the six novels which have followed, his loyal readership has grown significantly, making him the most widely-read author writing in French today. His stories have universal central themes: missed opportunities, second chances, the passage of time, lost love and redemption.

Cop drama’WHERE WOULD I BE WITHOUT YOU?’ and romantic thriller ‘THE GIRL ON PAPER’ is now available for the first time in English published by Gallic.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: Guillaume_Musso

guillaumemusso.com

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