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Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens #Review @LittleBrownUK

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Today is the UK  hard cover publication day for the debut novel Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. A New York Times number 1 best seller, selling over 5000,000 copies and a Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club pick I had high hopes and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

where the crawdads singFor years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to…

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Feedback – Mira Grant

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Synopsis: There are two sides to every story…

Mira Grant creates a chilling portrait of an America paralyzed with fear. No street is safe and entire swaths of the country have been abandoned. And only the brave, the determined, or the very stupid, venture out into the wild.

Step inside a world a half-step from our own in this novel of geeks, zombies, politics and social media.

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Blood & Sugar By Laura Shepherd-Robinson – A Review

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Publisher: Mantle

Publication Date: 24th January

I took a leap out of my historical fiction comfort zone with this one. It’s not that long ago that I wouldn’t have picked up historical fiction at all, but now that I love it I’m usually to be found amidst the cobbled dirty backstreets of Victorian London.

Blood & Sugar is set in 1781, when I read this I was a little nervous. I’m always a little afraid that it will be too far removed from what I know that I won’t be able to connect. Luckily with this book I really did connect.

In fact we clicked straight away and I was so relieved!

A body has been found hanging at Deptford Docks, mutilated and branded.

At the same time, Captain Henry (Harry) Corsham’s close friend and staunch abolishionist Thaddeus Archer (Tad) has been reported missing by his sister Amelia and when…

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Keeper by Johana Gustawsson

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Keeper (Emily Roy & Alexis Castells, #2)Keeper by Johana Gustawsson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m just going to say it: Johana Gustawsson is a genius.

After reading Block 46, I was eager to see what she came up with next, and Keeper does not disappoint. It is a complexly-plotted, exciting, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will leave your mouth hanging open. But be warned: the crimes described in the book are pretty unpleasant, so if you don’t like gory-ness, you may want to skip this one.

It’s hard to describe what the plot is about without giving spoilers, but I’m going to try: Ten years after the arrest and conviction of a serial killer who murdered six women and author Alexis Castells’ policeman boyfriend, a body is found in Sweden that mirrors the previous crime almost exactly. Then a woman in London goes missing, following this same pattern. Castells and profiler Emily Roy are back on…

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The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts – Book Review



The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose. 

One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity.

Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing.

And The Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again…

(taken from Goodreads)


The Flower Girls by Alice Clark-Platts is a dark, disturbing psychological thriller that deals with a difficult subject, child murder.

It tells of the brutal murder of two-year-old Kirstie Swann, that shocked the country, especially as the suspects were only children themselves.

Laurel and Rosie (Primrose) Bowman, named,  ‘The Flower Girls’ by the media, were only ten and six years old. 

Laurel, the elder girl, is put on trial and found guilty of murder, and has remained in prison since, but her case is now up for a judicial review.

Rosie, who was too young to be prosecuted, moved away with her parents and they were given new identities to protect them from the public or media.

Many years later, Hazel (as Rosie is now known) is staying at a Devon hotel with her partner, Jonny and his daughter, Evie, when another young girl, Georgie goes missing. Hazel is so worried she will be blamed due to her past.

The story is told from a few different perspectives and you get a feel for how this old case affected all those involved, from the ‘perpetrators’, the victims family and the police.

The police are also investigating the disappearance of Georgie and want to get to the truth before it’s too late. Hillier is a great character and I’d like to read more about her. 

Some of this is a difficult read at times due to the sheer horror of the subject matter, but it’s not a ‘sensational’ read, it’s very calmly and sensitively done. It makes you think about the idea of guilt, how responsible a child can be for their actions, and of course retribution and revenge, but then in the story itself Alice Clark-Platts has the tension building slowly, gradually, more and more,  until the marvellously, surprising and startling end. I loved this and can thoroughly recommend it….read it now before the spoilers !!!!!

My thanks to The Pigeonhole and the author, Alice Clark-Platts for the opportunity to read this.

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Day of the Accident by Nuala Ellwood

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After waking up from a coma, Maggie is told that the car accident that put her in hospital claimed the life of her young daughter, Elspeth. With no memory of the event, she is shocked to learn that Elspeth drowned after the car she was in plunged into the river. Refusing to believe that this could have happened, Maggie demands to see her husband Sean, only to discover that he was last seen on the day of their daughter’s funeral. Just what did happen on that fateful day and where is Sean? Also, why does Maggie seem convinced that her daughter is not dead?

Maggie is the ultimate unreliable narrator. Her pre-accident life has disintegrated and she has been left completely on her own to try to pick up the pieces. My heart went out to her as she tried to come to terms with her new life after realising…

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#BlogTour #Review: 10-33 PC Assist by Desmond P. Ryan

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For my first blog tour of 2019 I am delighted to showcase Canadian crime fiction author Desmond P. Ryan and his debut novel 10-33 PC Assist. Giving a dark and gritty glimpse into Canada’s underbelly and the heartbreaking world’s of human trafficking and child prostitution. Canadian contest aside, this is some damn good crime fiction, and I couldn’t be happier to have 10-33 PC Assist as the kick start to my touring year.

thumbnail_1033covernewlarge copy (2)Title: 10-33 PC Assist

Author: Desmond P. Ryan

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: September 15, 2018

Genre: Fiction, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural

Themes: Friendship, Relationships, Human Trafficking, Crime

Features: N/A

My Rating: 4.5/ 5


D/C Mike O’Shea, a young cop with a knack for working hard and following hunches, is on the verge of cracking a prostitution ring when an undercover from another unit burns him. With only days left before their pimps shuttle the…

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The Gutter Prayer – Gareth Hanrahan

Brilliant review…added this to my TBR list

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A group of three young thieves are pulled into a centuries old magical war between ancient beings, mages, and humanity in this wildly original debut epic fantasy.

The city has always been. The city must finally end.

When three thieves – an orphan, a ghoul, and a cursed man – are betrayed by the master of the thieves guild, their quest for revenge uncovers dark truths about their city and exposes a dangerous conspiracy, the seeds of which were sown long before they were born.Cari is a drifter whose past and future are darker than she can know.

Rat is a Ghoul, whose people haunt the city’s underworld.

Spar is a Stone Man, subject to a terrible disease that is slowly petrifying his flesh.

Chance has brought them together, but their friendship could be all that stands in the way of total armageddon.

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*BLOG TOUR* Her Pretty Bones – Carla Kovach ★★★★

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Blurb; She’s just the girl he’s looking for…

A young woman falls from a van speeding down a quiet road. Battered and bruised, she turns her head to the person who comes to her aid. ‘Help her’, she whispers before her eyes close.

Days later, the body of another young girl is found in a shallow grave just a few miles away. The similarities between the two girls are startling – same age, same frail body, same shocking red hair.

As the town fears there’s a serial killer living amongst them, Detective Gina Harte must put aside her own struggles at home, and catch the killer before he finds another perfect girl.

My Review; Happy Publication Day! Her Pretty Bones is book three in the Detective Gina Harte series, a series I am absolutely loving after reading all the books. It’s a series best read in order as this story…

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Book Review – The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Grace Healey is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent…

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