Book reviews

A big change – The Bookwormery retires

Due to my immunotherapy treatment for my stage 4 malignant melanoma, plus 2 surgeries in the same spot and radiotherapy, again in the same place, I now have nerve damage and neuropathy.

This means constant numbness, pins and needles and horrible pains which range from deep aches in my shoulder, elbow and left hand. Plus the joy stinging pains in my numb armpit and stabbing pains in my fingers and hand. I am left handed and no longer have any real control over it, I can’t write properly but am slowly learning to use my right hand….mmm slow going.

So, the result is I am no longer able to put the time and effort into reading and book blogging, a hard decision but I just can’t concentrate on a book anymore and that’s just not fair on the authors.

I am now just doing my other hobby making home fragrance items. I can do that with one hand.

Thank you to the incredible blog tour organisers for the support and the chance to have read some truly amazing books.

Lesley

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller

The Runner by P.R. Black – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

You can’t escape him.

He abducts lone joggers and forces them to run for their lives. When he catches them, he pulls out his blade…

Now he’s locked away and will be in prison for years. They call him a psychopath, a murderer, the ‘Woodcutter Killer’.

But what if you just found out you’re supposed to call him father?

MY REVIEW 

Freya Bain gets a huge shock at the will reading of her recently deceased mother as she learns her previously unknown father is in prison….for Murder

He had been convicted of a murder and dismemberment of ax woman 25 years ago…could he really be the serial killer, The woodcutter?

So, Freya visits him, he says he’s innocent and he’s convinced her so she begins to investigate the past crimes herself with a crime blogger, Glenn.

Following clues they begin searching for bodies, but then new murders are committed in the same way the woodcutter had…

Is this a copycat or is the real woodcutter back? Does this mean Freya’s dad really is innocent?

This is a quick read that is gripping from the start. Well written with well developed characters and a clever plot. It’s dark, gruesome and thoroughly entertaining. 

About the author

Pat Black is kind to spiders.

He is the author of The Long Dark Road and the Amazon bestsellers, The Beach House and The Family.

His short stories have been shortlisted for awards including the Bridport Prize and the Bloody Scotland short story competition. He was also longlisted for the William Hazlitt essay prize.

He was named one of the winners of The Daily Telegraph’s Ghost Stories competition, and his work has been performed on stage in London by Liars’ League.

He lives in Yorkshire, but will always belong to Glasgow. He knows full well what your opinions are about people who talk about themselves in the third person.

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blog tour, Book reviews, Mystery, Psychlogical thriller

The Beresford by Will Carver – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB

There’s a routine at The Beresford.

For Mrs May, every day’s the same: a cup of cold, black coffee in the morning, pruning roses, checking on her tenants, wine, prayer and an afternoon nap. She never leaves the building. 

Abe Schwartz also lives at The Beresford. His housemate Smythe no longer does. Because Abe just killed him. In exactly sixty seconds, Blair Conroy will ring the doorbell to her new home and Abe will answer the door. They will become friends. Perhaps lovers.

And, when the time comes for one of them to die, as is always the case at The Beresford, there will be sixty seconds to move the body before the next unknowing soul arrives at the door. Because nothing changes at The Beresford, until the doorbell rings…

Eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, The Beresford is the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names.

MY REVIEW 

The Beresford is a block of apartments, owned by the religious and slightly eccentric Mrs May who never leaves the building unless to potter in the garden occasionally. The other residents are gradually revealed and we get to know them……

The Beresford building has its own darkness and it will give you goosebumps as the story unfolds.

Some of the residents also have dark secrets and Abe immediately springs to mind…

The chapters are short, sharp and pack a punch, the characters are so well written, I could almost see them, which is very scary! 

This is a dark, creepy, quirky and utterly compelling read that will make you turn on every light in the house and double lock the doors. Quite simply brilliant and I love it.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The Beresford.

Purchase link :  https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8300/9781913193812

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Will Carver is the international bestselling author of the January David series. He spent his early years in Germany, but returned to the UK at age eleven, when his sporting career took off. He turned down a professional rugby contract to study theatre and television at King Alfred’s, Winchester, where he set up a successful theatre company. He currently runs his own fitness and nutrition company, and lives in Reading with his two children. Will’s latest title published by Orenda Books, Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year and for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell. Good Samaritans was a book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the eBook charts.

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Book reviews, Poetry

The Crossing by Manjeet Mann – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A trailblazing new novel about two teenagers from opposite worlds; The Crossing is a profound story of hope, grief, and the very real tragedies of the refugee crisis.

Natalie’s world is falling apart. She’s just lost her mum and her brother marches the streets of Dover full of hate and anger. Swimming is her only refuge.

Sammy has fled his home and family in Eritrea for the chance of a new life in Europe. Every step he takes on his journey is a step into an unknown and unwelcoming future. 

A twist of fate brings them together and gives them both hope. But is hope enough to mend a broken world? 

MY REVIEW 

The Crossing is a unique tale as it’s told in verse. 

It follows the characters, Natalie and Sammy. 

Natalie’s mother has died from cancer. She had worked with refugees and shared her compassion with Natalie. 

But now without her, the family is falling apart with Natalie’s brother part of an anti-refugee ‘gang’…that’s the only way to describe these heartless people.

Now, Sammy is a boy from Eritrea, he doesn’t want to be in the army, the country’s conscription and the abuse, so he wants to escape and try to get to the UK.

This is a unique and beautifully written tale, it tells of the desperation of refugees, of fear and of compassion. An Eye opening, incredibly moving and thought provoking read.

blog tour, Book reviews, Nordic noir

Girls Who Lie by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – Book Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

When single mother Maríanna disappears from her home, leaving an apologetic note on the kitchen table, it is assumed that she’s taken her own life – until her body is found on the Grábrók lava fields seven months later, clearly the victim of murder. Her neglected fifteen-year-old daughter Hekla has been placed in foster care, but is her perfect new life hiding something sinister?

Fifteen years earlier, a desperate new mother lies in a maternity ward, unable to look at her own child, the start of an odd and broken relationship that leads to tragedy.

Police officer Elma and her colleagues take on the case, which becomes increasingly complex, as the list of suspects grows ever longer and new light is shed on Maríanna’s past – and the childhood of a girl who never was like the others…

Fresh, richly atmospheric, and with quietly compelling and sophisticated writing reminiscent of Ruth Rendell, Girls Who Lie was an Icelandic #1 bestseller. It further establishes Eva Björg Ægisdóttir as one of the most exciting young crime writers in Iceland.

MY REVIEW 

Set in Iceland, Girls Who Lie is the second in the Forbidden Iceland series with police officer Elma.

This thriller is told from two perspectives, Elma and an in-named woman.

A missing woman’s body has been found in a cave, first thoughts are this is a tragic suicide, but now suspicions are this may have been murder, so Elma begins the investigation.

Meanwhile, the other part of this tale is the unnamed woman as we hear of her depression and her struggles with her child…..how are these two stories linked?………slowly it starts to become clear!

This is an atmospheric, dark and chilling thriller that’s full of a simmering tension from the start. Great characters and a beautifully twisty plot, this will keep you guessing. Nordic Noir at its finest. Brilliant and I loved it.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Girls Who Lie.

Purchase link : https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8300/9781913193737

ABOUT EVA BJÖRG ÆGISDÓTTIR

Born in Akranes in 1988, Eva Björg Ægisdóttir studied for an MSc in Globalisation in Norway before returning to Iceland and deciding to write a novel – something she had wanted to do since she won a short-story competition at the age of fifteen. After nine months combining her writing with work as a stewardess and caring for her children, Eva finished The Creak on the Stairs. It was published in 2018, and became a bestseller in Iceland. It also went on to win the Blackbird Award, a prize set up by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jónasson to encourage new Icelandic crime writers. It was published in English by Orenda Books in 2020. Eva lives in Reykjavík with her husband and three children and is currently working on the third book in the Forbidden Iceland series. Follow her on @evaaegisdottir