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The Will to Die: A Novel of Suspense (Murder in a Small Town), a Thriller (Will Pollitt Book 1) @JoePulizzi #TheWilltoDie #thrillers #NewRelease #BookReview #BlogReview

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Mysterious deaths, countless lies, and a shocking conspiracy. The Will to Die is everything fans are looking for…and more.

“A thoroughly modern thriller that sucks you in and holds you tight, The Will to Die is a roller coaster ride from beginning to end.”Jay Baer, New York Times Best-Selling Author

In an exhaustive hunt for the truth behind a rash of unexplained deaths in a small town, including that of his own father, what Will Pollitt begins to uncover threatens everything — and puts his own life in the cross hairs.

Are his father’s lies what killed him?

What else will he stir up in the murky depths of a life he thought he knew?

The Will to Die is best-selling non-fiction author and content marketing guru Joe Pulizzi’s debut novel — written at the request of his wife, a die-hard thriller fan.

Get a free preview at TheWilltoDie.com.

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The Will to Die: A Novel of Suspense (Murder in a Small Town), a Thriller (Will Pollitt Book 1)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is the author’s first steps into the fictional world of writing and he has achieved it magnificently. When Will Pollitt returns to his home town it is to arrange his father’s burial but what makes it even harder is that he had committed suicide in his office. This was really hard for him to accept because his father had been a strong believer in an afterlife so taking his own life should have been a massive no, no.

Oh boy, what a story this turns out to be, whipped up from current day trends it feels all too plausible. Talk about putting that cold rush through your body from top to toe, well it gives you that. Will knows something is just not right so he begins his own digging which soon gets attention.

The story is laced with one line humour, that had me laughing chapter after chapter, which is always a winner with me. When things begin to be pieced together by Will it really knocked me sideways. This game of Cluedo holds something much bigger than I ever thought it would be. Brilliant characters keep the plot moving at an incredible pace and all brought together in a perfect ending. Hope to see more of Will in the future.

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

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joe Pulizzi

Joe Pulizzi is the original content marketing evangelist, and started using the term “content marketing” back in 2001. He’s the founder of the Content Marketing Institute, the leading content marketing educational resource for enterprise brands. CMI has done strategic consulting and research for some of the best known brands in the world (Like AT&T, Petco, LinkedIn, SAP). The Content Marketing Institute hosts the largest in-person international content marketing event, Content Marketing World. CMI also publishes the Chief Content Officer magazine.

Joe has spoken at more than 200 locations and 10 countries advancing the practice of content marketing. He’s been featured in leading marketing publications and blogs around the world including AdWeek,BtoB Magazine and Fast Company.

Joe is also co-author of two highly praised content marketing books Managing Content Marketing, and Get Content Get Customers (McGraw-Hill), which helps teach businesses why and how to create their own compelling content to drive their businesses. Get Content Get Customers has been called THE handbook for content marketing.

He has also been honored with numerous awards and accolades including “Custom Media Innovator of the Year” by American Business Media, voted “Who’s Who in Media Business” by BtoB Magazine, named a Folio: 40, and recognized as the “Most Influential Content Strategist” by Lavacon.

Joe also writes one of the most popular content marketing blogs in the world. And he’s overly passionate about the color orange.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @JoePulizzi

joepulizzi.com

 

The Will to Die: A Novel of Suspense (Murder in a Small Town), a Thriller (Will Pollitt Book 1) by [Pulizzi, Joe]

No Mercy (Kent Fisher Mysteries #5) by Robert Crouch @robertcrouchuk #NewRelease #BlogReview #KindleUnlimited

No Mercy (Kent Fisher mysteries Book 5) by [Crouch, Robert]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

COULD YOU KILL IF JUSTICE FAILED YOU?

Highways Inspector, Derek Forster, couldn’t go on after the death of his wife. Even though he had a secret lover, he took his own life. Or did he?

Samson Capote, the restaurateur from hell, brutally attacked and left to die in a deep freezer. Did he antagonise too many people? Was he sharing Forster’s secret lover?

Millionaire entrepreneur, Clive Chesterton, falls from his yacht and drowns in Sovereign Harbour. Why did he have Forster’s missing journals in his cabin?

When Kent Fisher becomes a murder suspect, he realises he could be the next victim of a killer who shows no mercy.

Can Kent connect the deaths and solve the mystery before the killer gets to him?

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No Mercy (Kent Fisher mysteries Book 5)

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Kent Fisher is soon in the spotlight again, in this the 5th book in the series. When Gemma, the love of his life, turns up on his doorstep, a runaway bride from Richard, the man she had left Kent for, she declares her undying love for him. The only thing is Kent has moved on and his new lady, Freya, is inside his house now.

The situation soon turns sour when a case that Gemma had worked on, with Kent as her boss goes belly up with a restaurant owner going all out to discredit Kent and sue the council. The more Kent tries to sort this mess out the worse the situation becomes.

At the same time, Kent has been called in to assess a man’s property and possessions after the man had taken his own life. Kent’s job is to sift through paperwork and try to find signs that he could have had relatives about somewhere and if he has enough capital to pay for his funeral. Kent being Kent soon finds cause for concern, did the man die by his own hand or the possibly by someone else?

When a third man dies it is time to get the dot to dot puzzles out, you just need to work out how they are all connected and who the link is.

Oh gosh, Kent only wants the simple life but life always seems to throw a spanner or two in the works. Robert Crouch brings these characters and story to life with humour and warmth, frustrations and heart in your mouth moments. His love life is never straight forward, his work as an environmental officer complicated and his animal sanctuary his haven. The stories always begin with a wow and end with and…………… The good news is the 6th book already has a title.

A super series, brilliant angle for the stories and Kent is a top bloke! Highly recommended.

 

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rob Crouch lives and works in East Sussex, England, in the shadow of the beautiful South Downs. During his career as an environmental health officer, he’s focused on improving hygiene standards in food businesses. This has led to him editing and writing for a respected food hygiene manual for caterers. He has also specialized in workplace health and safety in the leisure and service sectors, investigating several fatal work accidents. But secretly, he’s always wanted to solve a murder. It started when he watched TV’s Lieutenant Columbo unpick perfect murders with an affable but dogged pursuit of incongruous details. A healthy diet of crime fiction and drama followed, including Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Morse, and Miss Marple. When he became an avid fan of Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone, he realized he wanted to create a different kind of private detective to solve his murders. Set beneath the rolling hills of the South Downs, No Accident is Rob’s first novel featuring Kent Fisher, an environmental health officer with more baggage than an airport carousel. Within minutes of arriving at the scene of a fatal work accident, he uncovers details that don’t quite make sense. Like his hero, Columbo, Kent digs deeper and deeper, disregarding procedure, until work and his personal life collide with devastating consequences.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/robertcrouchauthor/

Twitter: @robertcrouchuk

Website  http://robertcrouch.co.uk

No Mercy (Kent Fisher mysteries Book 5) by [Crouch, Robert]

The Operation by Dylan Young @dyoungwrites @Bloodhoundbook @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #BookReview #PsychologicalThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Promo and Publicity for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Operation by Dylan Young.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Surgeon Jacob Thorn isn’t worried when the police interview him over nurse Katy Leith’s disappearance. She is a co-worker, nothing more. But when a leaked video of him and the missing woman arguing goes viral, the social media reaction is vicious.

When harrowing images of the kidnapped woman start to appear on his phone, along with a demand from her abductor that Jake confesses to a crime he has no recollection of committing, he is forced to act or face terrifying consequences.

He needs to delve into the past for answers. But time is running out for Katy.

Will he admit to his failings and lose everything, or plead ignorance and let an innocent girl die?

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The Operation: a tense psychological thriller that will keep you hooked

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Surgeon Jacob Thorn is very successful at what he does. He thought that he was well-liked and respected in the hospital too but when a young nurse goes missing the police interview him. Then when a video of him and missing Katie are seen to be arguing he is taken in for more intense questioning by the police. His wife can’t give him an alibi and although he has an alibi he doesn’t want to involve anyone else, so a hate campaign begins on social media and the whole thing go viral.

Oh my, it was like being a rabbit trapped in headlights, you can see what’s coming and you can’t do a darn thing about it. There is nothing like social media that can whip all of the nutters from the woodwork offering to use their perverse services in the name of good. It made my blood run cold. But things were to get much worse, at home, at work and from the past.

This is a belting story where the author makes his characters feel real, the plot so very possible and reasons very believable. I really loved the story following Jacob Thorn seeing the changes in him and what he could and couldn’t do about it. He was nieve in so many respects. This is a book that you all of a sudden find that it is the last page because you are so involved in the story. Cracking end.

I wish to thank the publisher for an ecopy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Dylan Young grew up in a mining village in South Wales before boarding a train for London. A 35-year career in the NHS followed, the last 27 as a consultant ophthalmologist. Three dark psychological thrillers for Random House emerged in the late nineties and over the last decade, under different pseudonyms, he’s written children’s books and an adult contemporary fantasy series. But retiring from the NHS has allowed Dylan to spend (even) more time in his writing office—a shed in the garden. After publishing a three book crime series with Bookouture, Dylan has now found a new home in the Bloodhound kennels where he writes standalone psychological thrillers with a trademark medical flavour.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Website: http://www. https://dylanyoungauthor.com/

Twitter: @dyoungwrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dyoungwrites/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17290016.Dylan_Young

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Annie Beaton’s Year of Positive Thinking by Mink Elliott @MinkElliott @HeraBooks @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #AnnieBeatonsYearofPositiveThinking #NetGalley #bookbloggers

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Promotion and Publicity for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Annie Beaton’s Year of Positive Thinking by Mink Elliott.

Annie Beaton's Year of Positive Thinking: A brilliantly funny, relatable, feelgood read - guaranteed to have you laughing out loud! by [Elliott, Mink]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

THIS YEAR I WILL:

Get a new job

Get a new man

Get a new LIFE!

It’s Annie Beaton’s 50th birthday! But instead of getting roses and perfume, she gets sacked, her son, Ben, tells her she’s growing a beard and her husband Joe tells her he wants a divorce.

Moving to the countryside to stay in her eccentric aunt’s house, Annie must find her mojo again – and fast. So when she discovers a stack of self-help books, Annie vows to use their advice – from Chicken Soup for the Soul to The Secret – to get her life back on track. Never mind that her 9-going-on-19-year-old daughter, Izzy, is currently engaging Annie in psychological warfare and her adorable 6-year-old son, Ben, spends more time wetting the bed than making friends at his new school…

But now, armed with a load of affirmations/inspirational quotes/positive vibes, Annie’s determined to kick her Crappy Old Year to the kerb and have a brilliantly Happy New Year. Just as soon as she’s had her chin waxed…

A hilarious, laugh-out-loud feelgood read – fans of Gill Sims, Sophie Ranald and Tracy Bloom will be hooked!

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Well, when Annie turned fifty she thought it would mark a moment in her life, she was right, she was fired from her job and her husband Joe said he was leaving and wanted a divorce. I really felt sorry for Annie but as the story of her and her husband unfolded it became understandable. When Annie’s aunt offered her and her two young children her place to stay at, in the countryside while she was out of the country, she jumped at the chance.

So begins Annie Beaton’s year of positive thinking where she would turn something negative into something positive.  Annie is, let me say, a little dippy, which gave the book some pretty hilarious situations. She continually moaned about the lack of money and I continually shouted get a job.

She has little common sense, getting a pedigree dog that she had time to train, a son that lacked reassurance and a daughter that needed to be treated like a nine-year-old, not an older sister. I had to laugh as the situations were very funny that she got herself into, she was learning, she was changing and she was finding herself.

The story spans over a year, everything has changed. It just took a lot of ‘positive thinking’ and a lot of hard work. There was more to Annie Beaton than I ever thought there was.

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

Mink Elliott

Mink Elliott’s always been into writing – mainly about the ups and downs of family life. Her first novel, The Pissed-Off Parents Club chartered the first year in the life of an older new mum and the toll a baby takes – sorry, the joy a baby brings – and her second novel, Just Another Manic Mum-Day, dealt with trying to find yourself again amongst the chaos and clutter created by a wilful toddler when you’ve got another one on the way. Born in Manchester only to be teased mercilessly about ‘jam butties’ when her family moved to Adelaide when she was seven years old, Mink now lives with her daughter, son and bonkers Irish Setter in a small village in Berkshire. Like Annie Beaton, she tries to practise positive thinking and mindfulness but is more likely to be found mindlessly Hoovering up a packet (or two) of Tunnock’s Tea Cakes than square breathing.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @MinkElliott

howtobeasinglemum.com

 

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Her Last Goodnight by Michael Scanlon @MScanlonAuthor @bookouture #HerLastGoodnight #NewRelease #NetGalley

Her Last Goodnight: An utterly gripping crime thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Scanlon, Michael]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Her Last Goodnight reminds me of the great crime thrillers… Dark, gripping and with the plot slowly unfolding until it reaches its shocking conclusion.’ NetGalley reviewer

Eddie stands at his door anxiously waiting for her to arrive, touching the box in his pocket for luck. He doesn’t hear the footsteps behind him until it’s too late…

Detective Finnegan Beck is called to a violent crime scene – a remote house near the rural Irish town of Cross Beg – where a dog lies whimpering beside his beloved owner’s body.

At first, it looks like a burglary gone wrong. But Beck spots something his colleagues didn’t. The victim, Eddie Kavanagh, was wearing his smartest clothes. He’d brushed his hair. And, on closer inspection, a small velvet box containing an engagement ring is discovered in his pocket, along with a letter to a nameless woman, which seems to suggest she’s in danger.

Those who knew Eddie have no idea about a female friend though – there’s been no one in his life since a girl who he’d loved and who’d broken his heart decades before.

So who was the woman Eddie was waiting for? And did his connection with her ultimately lead to his murder? When a beautiful young woman is then found beaten to death, murdered exactly as Eddie had been, Beck has to ask – is the danger over? Or is it just beginning?

An absolutely addictive and atmospheric crime novel that will leave you gasping for breath. If you love gripping thrillers from Rachel Caine, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot, you won’t be able to put this one down.

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Google: bit.ly/2oX

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

There was only one regret that I had about this book and that was that I hadn’t read the first two in the series. This can be read as a standalone but crikey it is such a darn good read I just want more.

When the body of an older gentleman is found brutally beaten in his home no-one can seem to find a bad word against him but there have been some really weird clues left behind. He had been dressed smartly, had an engagement ring in his pocket and a letter declaring his love to a woman.

DI Finnegan Beck who has been demoted and transferred from Dublin to Cross Beg, a small town where everyone knows their neighbours is soon on the case. Beck certainly has his problems but he really is a character that I found myself rooting for at work and at home. He is partnered up with Detective Garda Claire Somers. There is plenty of background info on Beck and the reasons why he is where he is now. The partnership between the two blossoms as mutual respect as the book goes on.

Loved Max’s part in this book, Max was the first victim’s dog and Beck ended up with him. They have a real connection beautifully written. Beck can run circles round the local police, which doesn’t always go down well. This is a fast-paced read, a brilliant storyline, a really sad story of the past, many heart in my mouth moments and loved the round-up at the end.

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

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Scanlon

I was born in Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland in 1961, but I spent much of my life away, in other parts of Ireland, the U.K., Jersey Channel Islands, America and Europe. I’ve had a very varied career: in fact I’ve had more than forty jobs in my life. In my younger years I was incredibly restless. I left home at sixteen and spread my wings. I hitch-hiked throughout Europe at seventeen and ended up penniless in Paris. I was homeless for a time after this and eventually stowed away on a ship back to Ireland. I was homeless in Dublin until picking up work and sorting myself out. I’m a survivor. I’ve been a barman, a potato picker, a black-jack dealer at a casino in New York, a stone mason, a soldier in Óglaigh na hÉireann the official army of the government of Ireland, a newspaper reporter both in Ireland and the UK, a nurse’s assistant in a major hospital, an airline baggage handler, a construction worker, security man, book seller, shop assistant, cleaner, station foreman with London Underground, market stall holder, waiter, night porter, and lastly, civil servant for thirteen years with the Irish police, An Garda Síochána. Phew.
Having left formal education at sixteen without any qualifications, I always felt I had missed out. In 1999 I returned to education as a mature student, completing a B.A in History and Sociology at the University of Ireland at Maynooth. I subsequently completed an M.Phil in Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with a First. I took this as a validation of my writing. Like most writers, I suffer from chronic self doubt.
Just when I thought that there was no saving me, when I thought I was a confirmed bachelor, I met and married Eileen. We have one beautiful daughter, Sarah, who is now ten years old. I’m no longer restless. Hallelujah.
I’ve always written: books, short stories, novellas, you name it. The vast, vast majority of which have never seen the light of day. I’ve had short stories published in anthologies and newspapers and magazines, and that was great. But I always wanted to have a book published. Once, I sent a manuscript to a leading Irish publisher and it was returned the following week – I suspect it wasn’t even read. But I persevered, and persevered, and, following many false starts, finally I got my chance with Bookouture. That said, I know there are a lot of dead poets in the graveyard. I’ve met some brilliant writers, and indeed artists, but they’ve gone unnoticed. For a variety of reasons. There’s a lot of luck involved, and my luck came about in a strange way. Let me explain.
I was on a family holiday in Spain in October 2014 when I took ill with what I thought was flu. Gradually over three days my conditioned worsened until eventually I was admitted to hospital in Tarragona. I was there for three months during which my organs began to shut down and I almost died. I returned home to Ireland and was in and out of hospital for two years. I was even transferred to a specialist unit in London. But no one could find the cause of my illness. The doctors’ call me the Mystery Man. But I’d rather not be. I’ve much improved and can lead a normal life now, but I will never fully return to how I once was. But it was during this illness, when the initial severe symptoms subsided, that I began to write again in earnest. Indeed it was all that kept me from falling into a black pit of depression. I wrote (and read) more than I have ever done in my life. And out of this period came my first published novel. As the saying goes, it truly is darkest before the dawn.

AUTHOR LINKS:

TWITTER: @MScanlonAuthor

 

Her Last Goodnight: An utterly gripping crime thriller with a heart-stopping twist by [Scanlon, Michael]

 

The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes @BOTBSPUBLICITY @AmazonPub #BlogTour #NewRelease #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Promo for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Perfect Mother by Caroline Michell

The Perfect Mother by [Mitchell, Caroline]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

She thought they wanted her baby. But they won’t stop there.

Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.

Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.

When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…

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The Perfect Mother

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

When Roz a young catholic woman living in Ireland finds herself pregnant abortion isn’t an option that she can consider and neither is the thought of bringing a child up herself. So when Roz searches the internet for a solution she discovers a web site where couples will pay all expenses for a young expectant mother, plus a little on top, to have her baby and let them adopt it. The agency seems pretty good so she puts all her details down about who she is, with a little tweaking to make it look better.

When she is contacted by a couple who have star ratings, which means they are famous someway, she can only see the perfect life for her unborn child with them. The couple has very dodgy criteria for the expectant mother to be chosen. Well stary eyed Roz being determined to be picked makes herself fit them all but she is like a square peg in a round hole. A deal is struck and she is soon flying across the Atlantic to the USA, the mystery couple and the unknown.

The story jumps between the characters, mainly Roz and Sheridan the woman wanting  Roz’s baby where I found out more about them both. Sheridan makes for some really disturbing reading while I found I just couldn’t take to Roz. I was horrified at the situation that she had become part of but that was all. There are surprises and twists to this story that I thought I had worked out but it did catch me out.

This is another direction change for this author from supernatural heart stoppers, to dark police procedural belters to this suspenseful edgy novel that had me giving advice to characters whose destinies had already been written. Caroline Mitchell is an unstoppable super talent.

Many thanks to 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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An international #1 and New York Times, USA Today and Washington Post bestselling author, Caroline originates from Ireland and now lives with her family on the coast of Essex. A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high-risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. She now writes full time, with over a million books sold.

As well as her crime series, Caroline also writes stand-alone psychological thrillers. The most recent, Silent Victim reached the Amazon number 1 spot in the UK, US and Australia and won first place as best psychological thriller in the US Reader’s Favourite Awards. Her previous thriller, Witness, was shortlisted for the International Thriller Awards in New York. She has also been shortlisted for ‘Best Procedural’ in the Killer Nashville awards. Her crime thriller, Truth And Lies recently became a No.1 New York Times best seller and has been optioned for TV. Her works have been translated worldwide and her book, The Silent Twin, has been converted as an interactive app in the Chapters Interactive game.

AUTHOR LINKS:

www.Caroline-Writes.com

F: www.facebook.com/CMitchellauthor

T: www.twitter.com/caroline_writes

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/IxsTj

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A Silent Death by Peter May @authorpetermay @quercusbooks @midaspr #BlogTour #ASilentDeath

Firstly I wish to thank Martina Ticic of Midas PR for inviting me on the Blog Tour for A Silent Death by Peter May

A Silent Death: The brand-new thriller from Number 1 bestseller Peter May by [May, Peter]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Set in Southern Spain, A Silent Death is the scorching new thriller from worldwide bestselling author of The Lewis Trilogy, Cast Iron and I’ll Keep You Safe.

A SILENT VOW

Spain, 2020. When ex-pat fugitive Jack Cleland watches his girlfriend die, gunned down in a pursuit involving officer Cristina Sanchez Pradell, he promises to exact his revenge by destroying the policewoman.

A SILENT LIFE

Cristina’s aunt Ana has been deaf-blind for the entirety of her adult life: the victim of a rare condition named Usher Syndrome. Ana is the centre of Cristina’s world – and of Cleland’s cruel plan.

A SILENT DEATH

John Mackenzie – an ingenious yet irascible Glaswegian investigator – is seconded to aid the Spanish authorities in their manhunt. He alone can silence Cleland before the fugitive has the last, bloody, word.

Peter May’s latest bestseller unites a strong, independent Spaniard with a socially inept Scotsman; a senseless vendetta with a sense-deprived victim, and a red-hot Costa Del Sol with an ice-cold killer.

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A Silent Death: The brand-new thriller from Number 1 bestseller Peter May

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Peter May is just an unbeatable author for his worldwide location settings, his diverse characters that I love and hate with a passion and originality with every book of his that I have picked up. It is like reading a new author every time but while still wearing my metaphorical comfortable slippers too. The book is completed but I don’t want these characters to go away, I still want more. I do with every book of his that I have read.

Set in Spain, the characters that are to play centre stage in the story are introduced in the prologue. A random event, a million to one mistake and the downfall of a powerful British criminal. I was left with a promise that things were going to get very ugly from a man that I felt always gets his way.

Back in Britain, I met  Mackenzie who works for the National Crime Agency and is requested to travel to Spain and return with a wanted criminal who is in custody there. I can’t even say this man’s name without smiling. He isn’t really a people person, mainly because he gets their backs up. There is no grey area, it is purely black and white and no arguing about it. He has principles that he doesn’t budge on and he is just super intelligent. Thing is he isn’t afraid to admit it all. He is a character that would drive you crazy if you worked with him or lived with him, but as someone else’s problem, he is total entertainment.

When things go belly up Mackenzie is assigned to work with officer Cristina Sanchez Pradell and to be honest this pair made me giggle. Mackenzie has brilliant investigating skills and Pradell is eager to learn from the best. The pace is fast throughout and the tension unbearable. Just loved the background stories of the characters, especially Cristina’s aunty, Ana.

A brilliant total entertainment package that I highly recommend. Superb!

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

PETER MAY was an award-winning journalist at the age of just twenty-one, winning ‘Young Journalist of the Year’. He left newspapers for television and screenwriting, creating three prime-time British drama series and accruing more than 1,000 television credits. May is published in 32 languages, has sold several million copies worldwide as well as winning numerous awards. His novel I’ll Keep You Safe (2018) was no.1 and his new novel, The Man With No Face, no.2 in The Times charts. In recent years, Peter has won the Best Crime Novel Award for The Blackhouse at Bouchercon in the US, Entry Island won the Deanston Crime Book of the Year and Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Book Club Best Read Award

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AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @authorpetermay

petermay.co.uk

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The Dilemma by B. A. Paris @BAParisAuthor @HQstories #TheDilemma #NewRelease #NetGalley

The Dilemma: The new thrilling drama from Sunday Times, million copy bestselling author, B A Paris by [Paris, B A]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The million-copy bestselling author returns with another breath-taking book …

It’s Livia’s 40th birthday and she’s having the party of a lifetime to make up for the wedding she never had. Everyone she loves will be there except her daughter Marnie, who’s studying abroad. But although Livia loves Marnie, she’s secretly glad she won’t be at the party. She needs to tell Adam something about their daughter but she’s waiting until the party is over so they can have this last happy time together.

Adam wants everything to be perfect for Livia so he’s secretly arranged for Marnie to come home and surprise her on her birthday. During the day, he hears some terrible news. He needs to tell Livia, because how can the party go on? But she’s so happy, so excited – and the guests are about to arrive.

The Dilemma – how far would you go to give someone you love a last few hours of happiness?

One day that will change a family forever, The Dilemma is the breath-taking, heart-breaking new novel from the million-copy-selling, Sunday Times bestseller, B A Paris

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The Dilemma: The new thrilling drama from Sunday Times, million copy bestselling author, B A Paris

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Livia and Adam had got married when they had little money and no family support, not that they regretted getting married. They had worked hard ever since, had a 22-year-old son, Josh and a 19-year-old daughter, Marnie. Marnie was in Hong Kong at university. Livia had decided all those years ago that when she reached 40 she would throw a huge party that no-one would ever forget. She got her wish.

The story bounces between Livia and Adam, their thoughts and feelings and reasons for the choices that they made on the day of the party. Everything focuses on that day, although the story does jump to the past for background info. As the reader, I was privy to everything. The public face of each of them and the secrets that they were both keeping.

I was frustrated and angry, bubbling away in my own world of turmoil. I can’t and won’t spoil the story this is one that the slightest hint at anything could kill it and it just wouldn’t read the same. It is edgy in a way that makes you hold your breath and feel light-headed. It is so much deeper than you could imagine. There are little sideline stories going on too, like all families, nothing ever just revolves around one event and so often they are all somehow linked. Like the ‘butterfly effect’.

B. A. Paris brings to life characters with souls and what feels like real lives. It isn’t a story that you can simply walk away from when you close the book. The characters kept coming back to me way after I had finished and my feelings were still as strong. 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

B A Paris

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown and Bring Me Back. Having sold over one million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a number one bestseller on Amazon and iBooks. Her books have sold in 38 territories around the world. Having lived in France for many years, she husband recently moved back to the UK. She has five daughters.
Her fourth novel is out in 2020

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @BAParisAuthor

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BODY BREAKER (Avison Fluke) by MIKE CRAVEN #BodyBreaker @MWCravenUK #BookReview

Today I am re-sharing my original review for Body Breaker by Mike Craven including the brilliant new cover.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The second dark and twisted thriller in the Avison Fluke series by M. W. Craven, the acclaimed author of The Puppet Show.

Investigating how a severed hand ends up on the third green of a Cumbrian golf course is not how Detective Inspector Avison Fluke has planned to spend his Saturday. So when a secret protection unit from London swoops in quoting national security, he’s secretly pleased.

But trouble is never far away. A young woman arrives at his lakeside cabin with a cryptic message: a code known to only a handful of people and it forces Fluke back into the investigation he’s only just been barred from.

In a case that will change his life forever, Fluke immerses himself in a world of New Age travellers, corrupt cops and domestic extremists. Before long he’s alienated his entire team, has been arrested under the Terrorism Act – and has made a pact with the Devil himself. But a voice has called out to him from beyond the grave. And Fluke is only getting started…

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

You know when you read about a character for the first time and you know that you are going to click, well that is how my first encounter with DI Avison Fluke was in this book. Yes I know this is the second book in the series and at times, when I was reading, I just got those twinges of wishing I had read the first book, but just because I wanted to know more about his past, not because it spoilt this book in any way.

Now I love a book with a bit of gruesome, gangish, psycho sort of story, which is provided superbly, but throw in humour too and wow you have got me. Well, DI Fluke and his partner DS Towler bounce off each other like a pair of rubber balls against a wall. But the special connection they have goes way beyond that both having served in special forces. It does mean that not a lot really gets under their skin but there is also that dark side, especially with Towler, that raises its head and oh my when it does you can sit back for quite a spectacular show.

When the body parts of a man are discovered on a Cumbrian Golf Course Fluke is happy to pass the case over to a secretive unit from London that arrives within the bat of an eyelid to take it over. Well, that is until his past comes hurtling into the present. Fluke is then on a mission and will deal with the Devil to find out the truth.

I must say do give yourself a clear few hours to read this because you just won’t put it down. This isn’t a bam bam bam story, this is investigating at its finest, when Fluke feels he is onto something he will go against everyone, including his own team,  when his instincts kick in.  There are times when turning a blind eye to crime is less devastating than actually intervening.

Mike Craven’s writing is very addictive, he is definitely my new guilty pleasure.

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

M.W. Craven

M. W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle, running away to join the army at the tender age of sixteen. He spent the next ten years travelling the world having fun, leaving in 1995 to complete a degree in social work with specialisms in criminology and substance misuse. Thirty-one years after leaving Cumbria, he returned to take up a probation officer position in Whitehaven, eventually working his way up to chief officer grade. Sixteen years later he took the plunge, accepted redundancy and became a full-time author. He now has entirely different motivations for trying to get inside the minds of criminals . . .

The Puppet Show, the first in a two-book deal he signed with the Little, Brown imprint, Constable in 2017, was released to critical acclaim in hardback in 2018. It has been sold in numerous foreign territories and the production company Studio Lambert, creators of the award-winning Three Girls, have optioned it for TV. The sequel, Black Summer, follows in June 2019.

M. W. Craven is married and lives in Carlisle with his wife, Joanne. When he isn’t out with his springer spaniel, or talking nonsense in the pub, he can be found at punk gigs and writing festivals up and down the country.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: M.W. Craven

https://www.mwcraven.com/

The Other You by J. S. Monroe @JSThrillers @midaspr #BlogTour #NewRelease #TheOtherYou #books #NetGalley

Firstly I wish to thank Amber Choudhary of Midas PR for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Other You by J. S. Monroe

The Other You: a gripping and addictive new thriller for 2020 by [Monroe, J.S.]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘Brilliantly original and intriguing … Kept me hooked, enthralled and guessing to the very end’ Peter James.

‘A pacy, powerful psychological thriller that throws up questions on every page’ Mari Hannah.

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Is he who you think he is?

Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.

At least she has Rob. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to health in his high-tech modernist house on the Cornish coast. When she’s with him, the nightmares of the accident fade, and she feels safe and loved.

Until, one day, she looks at Rob anew – and knows, with absolute certainty, that he has been replaced by an impostor. Is she right? Have her old recognition skills returned? Or is it all in her damaged mind?

This intricate, original and emotionally charged psychological thriller is perfect for fans of J.P. Delaney and Louise Candlish.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This was a stunning read, totally gripping, unpredictable and very original and although it is just the beginning of the year it will take a lot of beating.

It is six months since Kate had a horrific car accident which had taken away her unusual gift of being one of the top facial recognition people in the world. With help from Rob, a self-made millionaire, that she met while she was in the hospital and now lives with, it is showing signs of returning. Kate had worked with the police on high profile cases for a year leading up to the accident but had no intention of ever returning to it, even if she did make a full recovery. Her twelve year-long relationship had ended when she spotted her partner Jake on CCTV on the same day her accident occurred.

Rob was the perfect partner, attentive, loving, and a genius where technology had been concerned, becoming a millionaire at only 21. Now at 29, he had a thriving business and three multimillion-pound properties in England and France. Only a few weeks before Rob had told her about his fear. He had met a guy, years before in Thailand, that had been his spitting image, his doppelganger, who told him that one day he would take over his life and soul. It seemed that the day had come when Kate began to get her gift back because she looked into his face and knew it wasn’t Rob, it was an imposter.

The story alternates between three of the characters, Kate, her ex-partner Jake and DI Silas Hart, who had headed the facial recognition unit where Kate had worked. Bex, Kate’s best friend, DC Strover Hart’s partner and Rob rank very highly in the book. This makes the story so easy to follow as it isn’t weighed down with unnecessary sidelines that over-complicate the real story. The pace is incredibly fast, with a feel of urgency and dread as each short chapter takes another step towards the truth. The technology in the story made me take a breath and wow at each incredible ‘tomorrows world’ gadget, in Rob’s properties, even with their teething troubles…………..

The characters just sprang to life to become real to me, making my heart race, my skin calmy and a feeling of wanting to know the end but not wanting these characters stories to end when I closed the book on the last page. And what an end! Very highly recommended read from me.

I wish to thank Amber Choudhary of Midas PR for inviting me on this tour and the publisher for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

 

HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. His psychological thriller Find Me became a bestseller in 2017, and, under the name Jon Stock, he is also the author of five spy thrillers. He lives in Wiltshire, with his wife and children.

After reading English at Magdalene College, Cambridge, Jon worked as a freelance journalist in London, writing features for most of Britain’s national newspapers, as well as contributing to BBC Radio 4. He was also chosen for Carlton TV’s acclaimed screenwriters course. In 1995 he lived in Kochi in Kerala, where he worked on the staff of India’s The Week magazine. Between 1998 and 2000, he was a foreign correspondent in Delhi, writing for the Daily Telegraph, South China Morning Post and the Singapore Straits Times. He also wrote the Last Word column in The Week magazine from 1995 to 2012.

On his return to Britain in 2000, Monroe worked on various Saturday sections of the Telegraph before taking up a staff job as editor of its flagship Weekend section in 2005, which he oversaw for five years. He left Weekend and the Telegraph in 2010 to finish writing his Daniel Marchant trilogy (under the name Jon Stock) and returned to the Telegraph in February 2013 to oversee the Telegraph’s digital books channel. In May 2014 he was promoted to Executive Head of Weekend and Living, editing the paper’s Saturday and Sunday print supplements, as well as a range of digital lifestyle channels. He left the paper in October 2015 to resume his thriller-writing career.

His first novel, The Riot Act, published by Serpent’s Tail, was launched on the top floor of Canary Wharf tower in 1997. The book was shortlisted by the Crime Writers’ Association for its best first novel award and was subsequently published by Gallimard in France as part of its acclaimed Serie Noir. The Sunday Times called it a “darkly sparkling crime thriller”. The Cardamom Club was published in 2003 by Blackamber (now Arcadia Books) in Britain and by Penguin in India. It was hailed by the travel writer William Dalrymple as a “witty, fast-moving, cleverly plotted espionage romp”.

Dead Spy Running, his third novel and the first in the Daniel Marchant (or ‘Legoland’) trilogy, was published by HarperCollins (Blue Door) in 2009 and has been translated into five languages. It follows Daniel Marchant, a young MI6 officer, as he tries to clear the name of his disgraced father, the former Chief of MI6. The sequel, Games Traitors Play, was published in 2011, and the final part of the trilogy, Dirty Little Secret, was published in 2012.

Warner Brothers bought the film rights to the trilogy in 2009, hiring Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) to write the screenplay for Dead Spy Running, which went into development with McG (Terminator IV, Charlie’s Angels, This Means War) and Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad) producing. Jamie Moss worked on Gaghan’s script, followed by Simon Barrett, with Adam Wingard attached to direct.

In 2014, the film rights to Dead Spy Running were bought by Wonderland Sound and Vision, McG’s own production company.

In 2017, Jon was commissioned by The Nare, a luxury hotel in Cornwall, to write a spy novella set in and around the hotel, which is located on the Roseland Peninsula. To Snare A Spy is available to buy from the hotel.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @JSThrillers

jsthrillers.com

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