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Review: Bitter Orange, by Claire Fuller

Great review….I have this but not yet got to reading it…will have to now !

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bitter orange claire fullerRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Historical Fiction, Drama, Mystery


This kind of story is such a recipe for success for me – it’s dark and twisty and feels so personal, with how close you get to the characters. It gave me Tender is the Night vibes and also a bit of Tangerine. I think if you enjoyed either book, you’ll like this one too!

It’s a hot summer, and Frances is moving into a grand but decadent house to write a report. This is going to be her home until late August – and then she meets her neighbors. Gorgeous and dark-haired Cara, and Peter, so very handsome. It is 1969, and Frances is excited for her new life after taking care of her mother for 10 years. Cara and Peter are incredibly charming, and she is drawn by their magnetism and their offer of friendship. But there are…

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Sounds intriguing…great review

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Author: V.E. Schwab
Title: The Dark Vault (The Archived, The Unbound)
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 697
Overall Rating: 5/5

I received a copy of The Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab from Titan Books in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

The two novels from The Archived Series appearing together for the first time.

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Mackenzie Bishop’s grandfather first brought her here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now her grandfather is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked…

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Book Review – A Place to Lie by Rebecca Griffiths #BookBlogger #AmReading — Shalini’s Books & Reviews

Two sisters Joanna and Caroline and a summer of 1990. Something happened which caused the 2 sisters to fall out, and later Jo was called to identify her sister’s body. Was it a suicide, if so, why? Written cleverly by Rebecca Griffiths in the dual timeliness, the present and 1990, the story slowly rolled on, […]

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#BlogTour #Review – The Sinister Gathering by Diane Ezzard @diane_ezzard @rararesources #TheSinisterGathering

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the sinister gathering[6830]ReviewHi Everyone!

Today on my blog I am kick starting the blog tour for The Sinister Gathering by Diane Ezzard and I’m bringing you a review. 

lineThe Blurb

42140232Sophie attends a well-being retreat hoping to find herself, instead she finds a dead body.

Coming to the Scottish Highlands, she hopes to escape life and get in touch with her inner self. She wants to free herself from the anxieties that have gripped her for years.

Peace and harmony are advertised but what she discovers is anything but.

She is around women with other ideas. As she gets to know the strange bunch staying at Glenloch Hall, fights and arguments become the norm.

She should never have entered that fateful property.

She was looking for peace but found death.

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Amazon US

lineAuthor Bio

Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly…

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The Chestnut Man: The Killing continues…

I loved this…great review


chestnutmanIf a single book sums up the typical Nordic noir serial-killer-thriller then it’s this one. It sticks rigidly to the formula which has made Scandi crime so successful; grisly murders, political intrigue, multiple cliff-hangers, and investigative threads which appear entirely convincing in one chapter, only to be discarded in the next as another red herring leads the detectives astray.

The author, Søren Sveistrup, is better known for his work in TV. He’s the man behind the stunningly successful Forbrydelsen series – The Killing – featuring detective Sarah Lund. And the similarities with The Chestnut Man are inescapable…

There’s an undervalued female investigator; in this case a hardworking single mum who’s highly proficient and efficient, a dedicated stickler for detail. Her mismatched partner is that traditional washout male cop with a tragic personal history, an alcohol problem and a short fuse. He’s half a liability and half a hero, the guy…

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#BookReview – VOX by Christine Dalcher

This is on my list to read…sounds good

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39932930Goodreads blurb: “Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.
On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.
This is just the beginning. Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard. But this is not the end. For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.”

My Review

I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages after seeing all the hype on social media with…

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#BlogTour: Evil Things by Katja Ivar @KatjaIvar @bitterlemonpub @annecater #EvilThings #RandomThingsTours

I love a crime thriller…..great review

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Book Synopsis:

Hella Mauzer was the first ever woman Inspector in the Helsinki Homicide Unit. But her superiors deemed her too ‘emotional’ for the job and had her reassigned. Now, two years later, she is working in Lapland for the Ivalo police department under Chief Inspector Järvi, a man more interested in criminal statistics and his social life than police work. They receive a letter from Irja Waltari, a priest’s wife from the village of Käärmela on the Soviet border, informing them of the disappearance of Erno Jokinen, a local. Hella jumps at the chance to investigate. Järvi does not think that a crime is involved. After all, people disappear all the time in the snows of Finland. When she arrives, Hella stays the village priest and his wife, who have taken in Erno’s grandson who refuses to tell anyone his grandfather’s secret. A body is then discovered in the…

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Blackberry &Wild Rose by Sonia Velton @SoniaVelton @QuercusBooks @Hannah_Robbo @ellaroftpatel #BWR #Blackberry&WildRose #BookReview #BlogTour

Ohhh nice review


img_8584January 2019 Quercus Books

Book Description

When Esther Thorel, the wife of a Huguenot silk-weaver, rescues Sara Kemp from a brothel she thinks she is doing God’s will. Sara is not convinced being a maid is better than being a whore, but the chance to escape her grasping ‘madam’ is too good to refuse.

Inside the Thorel’s tall house in Spitalfields, where the strange cadence of the looms fills the attic, the two women forge an uneasy relationship.  The physical intimacies of washing and dressing belie the reality: Sara despises her mistress’s blindness to the hypocrisy of her household, while Esther is too wrapped up in her own secrets to see Sara as anything more than another charitable cause.

It is silk that has Esther so distracted.  For years she has painted her own designs, dreaming that one day her husband will weave them into reality.  When he laughs at…

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Blog Tour: Only a Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the fabulous Only a Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Orion for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book as part of the blog tour.

About the book:

Erica Wright hasn’t needed to scrub ‘MURDERER’ off her house in over a year. Life is almost quiet again. Then her son, Craig, is released from prison, and she knows the quiet is going to be broken.
Erica has always believed Craig was innocent – despite the lies she told for him years ago – but when he arrives home, she notices the changes in him. She doesn’t recognise her son anymore.
So, when another girl goes missing, she starts to question everything. But how can a mother turn her back on…

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#ICYMI – The Burning Man by Steve Parker @JoffeBooks @mrparkerspen

Love the review….added this series to my TBR

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Today I’m re-sharing my review of The Burning Men by Steve Parker just in case you missed it at the end of last year 🙂


Title: The Burning Men by Steve Parker

Publisher: Joffe Books

Date Published: 7th December 2018

Genre: Police Procedural


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


The man burnt alive is Davey Caine. He is the heir to the criminal empire created by his father, William ‘Billy’ Caine. Billy is a notorious and violent gangster with total control of South East London. But he’s not the man he used to be and the sharks smell blood in the water.

Detectives Ray Paterson and Johnny Clocks must find the killer…

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The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge @sibelhodge #BlogTour @bloodhoundbook #Review

Sounds good….

Thank you for stopping by today as I share my review for The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge as part of the blog tour. First of all though let’s take a look at the description for the book…

The widow. The secret. The liar.

The Disappeared…

On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappearsin dense bush land.

The Widow…

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.

The Secret…

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to himin Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

Determined to find the truth…

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Publication Day #review My Name is Anna by Lizzie Barber @ByLizzieBarber @arrowpublishing @Rachel90Kennedy #mynameisanna


About this book…

Two women – desperate to unlock the truth.
How far will they go to lay the past to rest?

ANNAhas been taught that virtue is the path to God. But on her eighteenth birthday she defies her Mamma’s rules and visits Florida’s biggest theme park.

She has never been allowed to go – so why, when she arrives, does everything seem sofamiliar? And is there a connection to the mysterious letter she receives on the same day?

ROSIEhas grown up in the shadow of the missing sister she barely remembers, her family fractured by years of searching without leads.Now, on the fifteenth anniversary of her sister’s disappearance, the media circus resumes in full flow, and Rosie vows to uncover the truth.

But will she find the answer before it tears her family apart?

My review…

My Name is Anna is a stunning debut…

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*BLOG BLITZ* The Disappeared – Sibel Hodge ★★★★

Nice, honest review…

Between The Pages Book Club

Blurb; The Widow. The Secret. The Liar. The Disappeared…

On a routine flight from Africa to England, Dr Mason Palmer is tragically killed when the light aircraft he’s travelling on crashes and disappears in dense bushland.

The Widow…

Ten months later, Nicole Palmer is still trying to block out the grief of her husband’s sudden death. Until one morning she receives a photo of Mason through the post, along with a cryptic message. A message only he could’ve written.

The Secret…

But when Nicole tries to find out if Mason is really alive and what actually happened to him in Africa, everyone she turns to for answers ends up dead.

Determined to find the truth, Nicole uncovers a conspiracy that spans the globe, and discovers there are powerful people who are prepared to kill to keep her silent.

My Review; Happy Publication Day. This is such a great story. I…

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Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins-Reid

I loved this

Cheryl M-M's Book Blog

Let me tell you what the real brilliance of this book is – the authenticity of it all. After a few pages I found myself questioning whether it was fictional. Halfway through the story I was avidly googling The Six, Daisy Jones and both of the Dunne brothers. No result. Double-check. Nope, definitely says it is a fictional story. Kudos to the author for creating not only an authentic story, but also such convincing dialogue and characters.

The reader can feel the passion, the self-destruction and flighty confusion of the era, which in turn is reflected in the characters. The era of free love, lots of drugs and plenty of rock n’ roll. Nobody embodies the life quite like the lead singer of The Six, Billy Dunne.

When he reaches breaking point the relationship between Billy and his future wife Camila is what keeps him from running straight off a…

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Book Review: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen @StMartinsPress @sarahpekkanen @greerkh #AnAnonymousGirl #bookreview #bookreviewer #bookblog #bookblogger

This sounds so good. Thanks for a great review

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PUBLISHER: St. Martins Press

PUBLICATION DATE: January 8th, 2019


Thank you to St. Martins Press for providing me with a free physical ARC copy of this book to read and review.



Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.

Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?

But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking… and what she’s hiding.

Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?

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The Golden State by Ben H. Winters #NetGalley #BookReview @PenguinRHUK

I love a dystopian tale…thanks for the great review

Bucks, Books & Beyond


Author: Ben H. Winters

Genre: Dystopian Thriller

Format: Hardcover 336 pages

Release Date:  24 January 2019

Publisher: Random House UK, Cornerstone 

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Welcome to Golden State, where the worst crime you can commit is to lie.

Laz Ratesic is a veteran of the State’s special police. Those in power rely on Laz to discover the full and final truth.

But when a man falls from a roof in suspicious circumstances, it sets in motion a terrifying series of events which will shatter Laz’s world for ever.

Because when those in control of the truth decide to twist it, only those with the power to ask questions can fight back.

Golden State is an ambitious and frighteningly timely novel set in…

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