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The Beresford by Will Carver – Book Review

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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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The Lies We Tell by Jane Corry – Book Review

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WHAT IF YOUR SON HAD MURDERED SOMEONE?

Sarah always thought of herself and her husband, Tom, as good people. But that was before their son Freddy came home saying he’d done something terrible. Begging them not to tell the police.

Soon Sarah and Tom must find out just how far they are willing to push themselves, and their marriage, to protect their only child . . .

As the lies build up and Sarah is presented with the perfect opportunity to get Freddy off the hook, she is faced with a terrifying decision . . .

Save her son . . . or save herself?

MY REVIEW 

Tom and Sarah are an unlikely couple, chalk and cheese everyone says. Even their ideas about parenting and discipline are different.

Then one night their son comes home, disheveled and distraught, he tells them he’s killed someone.

Tom wants to call the police, Sarah want to protect him…..but how far will she go?

The story then jumps to the past, how Tom and Sarah met, their struggles to have a baby and their joy when Freddie is born…..it also gives glimpses into a court case where Freddie is on trial.

The Lies We Tell is a family drama with a simmering tension as more and more information is slowly revealed. Fantastically well developed characters and beautiful descriptions of Cornwall, this is a cautionary tale about family, a marriage, lies and their consequences. A compelling, slow burn of a psychological thriller. Brilliant.

Thank you to Rob of Adventures with Words for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of The Lies We Tell.

PURCHASE LINK: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/8300/9780241989005

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Mirrorland by C L Johnstone – Book Review

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With the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is a thrilling work of psychological suspense about twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.

Cat lives in Los Angeles, far away from 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where she and her estranged twin sister, El, grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with her husband Ross.

But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to 36 Westeryk Road, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. The grand old house is still full of shadowy corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues in almost every room: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting…

A twisty, dark, and brilliantly crafted thriller about love and betrayal, redemption and revenge, Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about the power of imagination and the price of freedom.

MY REVIEW 

Mirrorland is a unique thriller with a twist.

Cat and her twin sister, El had an imaginary world when they were growing up, Mirrorland. Here there was fear, clowns, witches and more….

As they got older they become estranged, Cat lives in the US but El still lives in Edinburgh in their childhood home with her husband. But then El disappears.

Cat returns to Edinburgh and the hunt for El begins. The police are involved but Cat begins to get strange messages……a treasure hunt, but will she like what she finds?

This dark, imaginative thriller is told from two timelines, the past, with the children’s make believe world and the present. It’s dark and full it a subtle tension that keeps you wondering just what is going on…….but then it all comes together in the incredible final chapters. Well written with great characters, even if they weren’t particularly likeable and thoroughly engrossing. 

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

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Vanished by James Delargy – Book Review

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From the groundbreaking author of 55 comes an extraordinary new thriller…

The Kane family, Lorcan, Naiyana and their young son, are desperate to move their young family far away from the hustle and bustle of modern city life in Perth.

The abandoned town of Kallayee, an abandoned mining town in the Great Victoria Desert, seems like the perfect getaway: no one has lived there for decades. It will be peaceful. Quiet. Secure.

But life in Kallayee isn’t quite as straightforward as they hope. Lights flicker at night. There are noises in the earth, mysterious shadows and tracks in the dust as if their presence is breathing new life back into the long-dead town.

Lorcan and Naiyana refuse to leave. No one can talk sense into them. And now, no one can talk to them at all.

They’ve simply vanished.

MY REVIEW 

Vanished is set in the Australian outback and it’s here the Kane family now live after leaving Perth, making a new, safe life in this inhospitable part of the world. But, why did they leave?

They now live in a remote area, but so does a group of men who also have secrets and there is an uneasy, tense agreement to live and let live between them. But things get dark with strange noises, and some creepy moments too. 

The story is told gradually, with little asides showing how past events have led to this point. All the while there is a police investigation trying to find this missing family….

Well, what can I say?  This is well written and full of tension with an oppressive atmosphere that’s almost claustrophobic. A slow burn of a psychological thriller that is utterly compelling from start to finish. 

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

James Delargy was born and raised in Ireland and lived in South Africa, Australia and Scotland, before ending up in semi- rural England where he now lives. He incorporates this diverse knowledge of towns, cities, landscape and culture picked up on his travels into his writing. His first novel, 55, was published in 2019 and has been sold to 21 territories to date. Vanished is his second novel. Find him on Twitter: @jdelargyauthor/

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The Favour by Laura Vaughan – Book Review

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When she was thirteen years old, Ada Howell lost not just her father, but the life she felt she was destined to lead. Now, at eighteen, Ada is given a second chance when her wealthy godmother giftsher with an extravagant art history trip to Italy.

In the palazzos of Venice, the cathedrals of Florence and the villas

of Rome, she finally finds herself among the kind of people she aspires to be: sophisticated, cultured, privileged. Ada does everything in her power to prove she is one of them. And when a member of the group dies in suspicious circumstances, she seizes the opportunity to permanently bind herself to this gilded set.

But everything hidden must eventually surface, and when it does, Ada discovers she’s been keeping a far darker secret than she could ever have imagined…

MY REVIEW 

The Favour is the tale of Ada, she wants to belong in high society with the ‘elite’ and she’ll do anything to be part of it.

This is a slow burn of story full of secrets and lies, oh and a death.

Beautifully written, full of detail and art history with wonderful descriptions of Italy and its architecture. There are some truly reprehensible characters and none of them are particularly likeable but you do feel for Ada as she searches for a place to belong. A captivating story to lose yourself in for a while. 

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 Favour.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Laura Vaughan grew up in rural Wales and studied Art History in Italy and Classics at Bristol and Oxford. She got her first book deal aged twenty-two and went on to write eleven books for children and young adults. The Favour is her first novel for adults. She lives in South London with her husband and two children.

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The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse – Book Review

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An imposing, isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss Alps, is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But she’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when she receives an invitation out of the blue to celebrate her estranged brother’s recent engagement, she has no choice but to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. Though it’s beautiful, something about the hotel, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, makes her nervous – as does her brother, Isaac.

And when they wake the following morning to discover his fiancée Laure has vanished without a trace, Elin’s unease grows. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

But no-one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they’re all in…

MY REVIEW 

Set in the Swiss Alps, Elin and her boyfriend Will are staying in the newly opened and luxury hotel, Le Sommet. Isolated, this hotel has been converted from an old sanatorium. It has an eerie feel to it which sets Elin on edge.

Elin’s brother Issac works there and has just got engaged to Laure. Then one night Laure goes missing. Issac is frantic but Elin believes he knows more than he is saying due to events in their past.

Then a body is found.

Now in the midst of a snowstorm and an avalanche has blocked the road, the police are unable to reach them and so Elin, a police officer in the UK begins an investigation. All the while dealing with PTSD and problems of her own,

This really is a chilling, psychological thriller with a sense of tension and foreboding from the very start. The descriptions of the hotel alone give it a real sense of an almost claustrophobic menace and the cold seems to seep off the very pages.

The characters are well rounded and engaging, with its twisty, clever plot this really is unputdownable. Any fan of psychological thrillers is going to love this, a definite must read. Just brilliant and I loved every minute.

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

PREORDER HERE :  https://amzn.to/3iO4kAB

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and worked in Brand PR for a variety of household brands. After moving to Switzerland in her twenties, she spent every spare moment exploring the mountains and still has a home in the Swiss Alpine town of Crans Montana, the dramatic setting that inspired her novel. Sarah has always been drawn to the dark and creepy – remote spaces and abandoned places – so when she read an article in a local Swiss magazine about the history of sanatoriums in the area, she knew she’d found the spark of the idea for her debut novel, The Sanatorium. Her short fiction has been published in a wide variety of magazines and has been shortlisted for several prizes.

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The Push by Ashley Audrain – Book Review

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‘The women in this family, we’re different . . .’ 

Blythe Connor doesn’t want history to repeat itself.

Violet is her first child and she will give her daughter all the love she deserves. All the love that her own mother withheld.

But firstborns are never easy. And Violet is demanding and fretful. She never smiles. Soon Blythe believes she can do no right – that something’s very wrong. Either with her daughter, or herself.

Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining it. But Violet’s different with him. And he can’t understand what Blythe suffered as a child. No one can.

Blythe wants to be a good mother. But what if that’s not enough for Violet? Or her marriage? What if she can’t see the darkness coming?

Mother and daughter. Angel or monster?

We don’t get to choose our inheritance – or who we are . . .

The Push is an addictive, gripping and compulsive read that asks what happens when women are not believed – and what if motherhood isn’t everything you hoped for but everything you always feared?

MY REVIEW 

Blythe worries about being a good mother to her new baby girl, Violet. Her own experiences at the abusive hands of her mother cloud her thoughts. 

Blythe does her best with Violet, but the little baby is difficult. Violet seems to only be difficult with Blythe and she begins to think there is something wrong. As time passes her thoughts deepen, but her husband doesn’t believe her.

When Blythe becomes pregnant again her fears grow……

The Push is a family drama that deals with the preconceived ideas of motherhood. It tells of a darker side to being a mother, the doubts and fears, and a troubled relationship between mother and daughter. 

This is an utterly compelling psychological thriller that is thought provoking and heartbreaking at times. A haunting thriller that will stay with me for a long time.

Thank you to Olivia at Penguin Books for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of The Push.

Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Then She Vanishes by Claire Douglas – Book Review

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THE ONLY THING THAT WILL SHOCK YOU MORE THAN THE FIRST CHAPTER . . . IS THE LAST. . .

‘I stayed up until 3am to read it because I was so sucked in. Brilliant, brilliant book!’ 5* Reader Review

Jess and Heather were once best friends – until the night Heather’s sister Flora vanished. The night that lies tore their friendship apart.

But years later, when a brutal double murder shakes their childhood town, Jess returns home.

Because the suspect is Heather.

What happened to the girl you used to know?

MY REVIEW 

Then She Vanishes is a thriller that had me hooked from the off?

Jess is a journalist sent to cover a double murder. She finds the accused is old best friend Heather. They had grown apart when Heather’s sister disappeared.

Now Heather is accused of killing a couple in their home. Jess doesn’t believe her old friend could do this……..could she?

With a clever plot, lots of twists and turns this will keep you guessing right to the end. A psychological thriller just perfect for these dark winter nights.

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for an eARC of Then She Vanishes.

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Stranded by Stuart James – Book Review

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A family trapped. A psychopath on the loose. Let the game begin…

What could be more innocent than going on holiday?

As a family drive along a quiet country lane on their way to the airport, they meet a stranger standing alone in the middle of the road.

Steering them along another path, he tells the driver, Ben, that a tree has fallen and there’s no way through.

But as they make their way along the diverted route, they come across a coach blocking the road.

Getting out of the car Ben goes to investigate and is horrified to find the passengers tied to their seats.

Then a discarded phone starts to ring…

If Ben calls the police, everyone on board will die.

Let the horrific game begin…

MY REVIEW 

Stranded is a nightmare!

When Ben and Laura are stopped on their way to the airport the tension begins to soar. A man tells them the road ahead is blocked and tells them there is a diversion. So,with no reason not to believe him they set off, only to find this road blocked by a coach.

Inside they find passengers tied to seats…….and then a phone rings and the game begins.

What follows is an incredibly tense, creepy and nerve wracking horror of a story, with twists and turns to keep you thoroughly hooked.

Why would anyone feel they had the right to punish wrongdoers? 

A true page Turner as you just cannot put it down, you have to know what’s going to happen next. Just brilliant and a perfect read for Halloween.

Thank you to Book On a the Bright Side Publicity for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Stranded.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/37kLvRE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.

There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.

I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.

My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.

This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.

I started writing three years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane which has just won The International Book Award in horror fiction. I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.

To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness. That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.

My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way, which was a world wide number 1 best seller and stayed at number 1 for 19 weeks in the US.

I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death. A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party. A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them. A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.

I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.

My third thriller, Apartment Six, was published in January of this year and was a number 1 hot new release on Amazon for 4 weeks.

Stranded goes on pre-order Monday October 12th on Amazon and is released October 19th.

I’m 47, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing. I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.

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The Watcher by Kate Medina – Book Review

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If you see him it’s already too late…

‘A brilliant and believable female lead’ Good Housekeeping

Some secrets can’t be hidden.

The Fullers are the picture-perfect family, a wealthy couple with a grand home in the middle of remote woodland. But even they have something to hide – and it will prove fatal.

Some crimes can’t be forgotten.

Psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn and DI Marilyn Simmons arrive at the Fuller’s home to find a suburban nightmare. A crime scene more disturbing than anything they have ever encountered.

Some killers can’t be stopped.

Jessie knows that this is no random act of violence. And if she can’t unlock the motivation behind the crime and shine a light into this killer’s mind, the Fullers won’t be the only family to die…

Praise for Kate Medina:

‘A tense and pacy thriller’ Sun

‘If psychological thrillers are your bag, then look no further Closer ‘A haunting thriller’ Grazia

‘Medina demonstrates that she’s a considerable find’ Independent.

MY REVIEW 

Jessie Flynn is a psychologist working with a major crimes team and DI Simmons.

One night they are called to a horrific crime scene where a wealthy couple have been murdered. The beaten, mutilated bodies and the violence perpetrated on them seems to show this may have been personal.

And so the investigation begins.

This is a dark, psychological with a really creepy atmosphere which adds to the tension. If you like your thrillers on the darker side, you’ll love The Watcher.

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 Watcher. This is my honest and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 Kate Medina has always been fascinated by the ‘whys’ of human behaviour, an interest that drove her to study Psychology at university and later to start a crime series featuring clinical psychologist Dr Jessie Flynn. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and her debut novel White Crocodile received widespread critical acclaim, as did Fire Damage, Scared to Death AND Two Little Girls, the first three books in the Jessie Flynn series.

Before turning to writing full time, Kate spent five years in the Territorial Army and has lectured at the London Business School and the London School of Economics. She lives in London with her husband and three children.

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You Can Trust Me by Emma Rowley – Book Review

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If you like Clare Mackintosh, Fiona Barton,  Rachel Abbott or Lisa Jewell then you will be utterly gripped by this psychological thriller with a massive twist you won’t see coming.

You can trust me.

But can I trust you?

Olivia is the domestic goddess who has won millions of followers by sharing her picture-perfect life online. And now she’s releasing her tell-all autobiography.

For professional ghostwriter Nicky it’s the biggest job of her career. But as she delves deeper into Olivia’s life, cracks begin to appear in the glamorous façade. From the strained relationship with her handsome husband, to murky details of a tragic family death in her childhood, the truth belies Olivia’s perfect public image.

But why is Olivia so desperate to leave an old tragedy well alone? And how far will she go to keep Nicky from the truth?

‘Genuinely compelling thriller, a rollercoaster of twists and intrigue’ 5* reader review

‘Great characters and brilliant suspense – Cleverly plotted, fantastically written and fast-paced’ 5* reader review

‘A brilliant suspenseful mystery that I just did not want to put down!! I loved it – Simply amazing’ 5* reader review.

MY REVIEW 

You Can Trust Me is a book that just flows, it’s an easy read due to the authors very clever writing…….but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a light read, it’s a clever, dark and twisty thriller.

Nicky is a ghostwriter, she has been invited into Olivia’s home to write her autobiography. Olivia is a social media darling, an influencer and style guru. But is her life really as perfect as she portrays? What secret is she hiding? 

Then Nicky goes missing and Olivia tries to find out more about the woman she trusted enough to stay in her home.   Well, not everything is as it seems.

This is an utterly compelling story which keeps you on your toes, it’s so well plotted and makes for a thoroughly engrossing read.

Thank you to Alex at Orion Books for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour and for an ARC of You Can Trust Me. This is my honest and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emma Rowley is a writer, ghostwriter and editor with a background in journalism. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Grazia and formerly of the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph. A graduate in Classics and English at Oxford University, she trained as a journalist on the prestigious City University course. Emma has spent considerable time in the courts and covering major crime stories. She lives in London.

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The Heatwave by Kate Riordan – Book Review

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Under the scorching French sun, a tense homecoming unearths a long-buried family secret in this deliciously propulsive beach read of a mother’s greatest fear brought to life.

Elodie was beautiful. Elodie was smart. Elodie was manipulative. Elodie is dead.

When Sylvie Durand receives a letter calling her back to her crumbling family home in the South of France, she knows she has to go. In the middle of a sweltering 1990’s summer marked by unusual fires across the countryside, she returns to La Reverie with her youngest daughter Emma in tow, ignoring the deep sense of dread she feels for this place she’s long tried to forget.

As memories of the events that shattered their family a decade earlier threaten to come to the surface, Sylvie struggles to shield Emma from the truth of what really happened all those years ago. In every corner of the house, Sylvie can’t escape the specter of Elodie, her first child. Elodie, born amid the ’68 Paris riots with one blue eye and one brown, and mysteriously dead by fourteen. Elodie, who reminded the small village of one those Manson girls. Elodie who knew exactly how to get what she wanted. As the fires creep towards the villa, it’s clear to Sylvie that something isn’t quite right at La Reverie . . . And there is a much greater threat closer to home.

MY REVIEW 

The Heatwave is a family drama set in the South Of France.

Sylvie has returned to La Reverie with her daughter, Emma. Being back here brings back all the memories of her first daughter, Elodie. 

Elodie had not been an easy child to day the least and there is an ambiguity to how she died. Sylvie is still haunted by events of that time.

This is a story of grief and guilt, with a sultry, claustrophobic feel that really adds to the tension. A thoroughly engrossing read.

Thank you to Ella at Penguin Random House for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of The Heatwave. This is my honest and unbiased review.

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Ritual Demise by Sally Rigby – Book Review

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Someone is watching…. No one is safe

The once tranquil woods in a picturesque part of Lenchester have become the bloody stage to a series of ritualistic murders. With no suspects, Detective Chief Inspector Whitney Walker is once again forced to call on the services of forensic psychologist Dr Georgina Cavendish.

But this murderer isn’t like any they’ve faced before. The murders are highly elaborate, but different in their own way, and with the clock ticking, they need to get inside the killer’s head before it’s too late.

For fans of Rachel Abbott, Angela Marsons and L J Ross, Ritual Demise is the seventh book in the Cavendish & Walker crime fiction series.

MY REVIEW 

Ritual Demise is #7 in the series featuring Cavendish and Walker. It can also be read as a stand-alone.

There have been some gruesome murders in Lenchester, there seems to be a ritualistic element to these crimes. Is there a serial killer at work? What links the victims and who will be next?

DCI Walker and forensic psychologist, Georgina Cavendish are working together again to find the killer before anyone else dies.

I won’t say much more about the plot for fear of spoilers, but I can say that with an incredible plot and great characters, this dark and twisty thriller is so utterly compelling from start to finish. 

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Ritual Demise. This is my honest and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Sally Rigby was born in Northampton, in the UK. She has always had the travel bug, and after living in both Manchester and London, eventually moved overseas. From 2001 she has lived with her family in New Zealand (apart from five years in Australia), which she considers to be the most beautiful place in the world. After writing young adult fiction for many years, under a pen name, Sally decided to move into crime fiction. Her Cavendish & Walker series brings together two headstrong, and very different, women – DCI Whitney Walker, and forensic psychologist Dr Georgina Cavendish. Sally has a background in education, and has always loved crime fiction books, films and TV programmes. She has a particular fascination with the psychology of serial killers.

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A Ruined Girl by Kate Simants – Book Review


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Two boys loved her. But which one killed her?

Two years ago, teenagers Rob and Paige broke into the house of Paige’s school counsellor and stole only a necklace, but traumatised their victims in the process. No one knows why. And Paige hasn’t been seen since that night. Having spent her life in children’s homes and the foster system, no one cared enough to look for her.

Now Rob is out of prison, and probation officer Wren Reynolds has been tasked with his rehabilitation. But Wren has her own reasons for taking on Rob as a client. Convinced that Rob knows what happened to Paige, and hiding a lifetime of secrets from her heavily pregnant wife, Wren’s obsession with finding a missing girl may tear her family apart..

MY REVIEW 

Set over two timelines, the past and the present. Here in the present, Wren is a probation officer working on a rehab program for newly released offenders. She’s helping Rob, who had committed a robbery with Paige. Rob was caught and convicted and Paige disappeared. 

As the story jumps to the past, you learn more about Rob, Paige and Rob’s brother, Luke. It deals with some dark moments as you hear of their backgrounds.

Wren begins to look into Paige’s disappearance…

This is a compelling psychological thriller with family drama at its heart. It’s dark, twisty and a thoroughly engrossing read.

Thank you to Rachel at Viper Books for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of A Ruined Girl. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Audiobook, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Hit List by Holly Seddon – Audiobook Review

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

You don’t know who.

You don’t know why. 

But someone wants you dead. 

When Marianne’s husband Greg is knocked off his bike and killed on the way to work, she must unpick the life he left behind. Numb with grief, Marianne consoles herself by scouring Greg’s laptop, finding comfort in reading his old emails and tracing his footsteps across the web. Until one day, she discovers that he had been accessing the dark web. Why was Greg, a principled charity worker and dedicated husband, logging on to a website that showcases the worst of humanity’s cruel impulses and where anything is available for a price? Marianne steels herself and logs on. After tentative searching, she discovers her name on a hit list.

In this fast-paced, powerful and exceptionally plotted novel, Marianne must figure out whether Greg was trying to protect her or whether he was complicit in the conspiracy for her murder. As she is pulled deeper into the depths of the underworld that Greg was seemingly hostage to, she gets closer and closer to coming face to face with Sam – the assassin hired to kill her. The dark truths that Marianne uncovers speak volumes about the dark underbelly of our society and forces us to question how far we would go to protect those we care most about.

MY REVIEW 

Marianne was widowed a year ago, still grieving the loss of husband Greg, on a whim she checks his laptop. She discovers he had accessed the dark web.

At first she believes this must have been for his job, he helped trafficked women, but then she finds the hit list. Here you can enter your name to find out if anyone has hired an assassin to kill you. She puts in Greg’s name…..nothing.

But when she enters her own name…….there it is…..someone wants her dead.

Why?

I can’t say much more for fear of spoiling the plot. But what I will say is that this is a clever, tension filled and twisty psychological thriller. It is very well narrated by Tuppence Middleton, Stephanie Racine, Damian Lynch, Chris Reilly and Perdita Weeks.

Thank you to Alex at Orion/Trapeze for the opportunity to be part of this audiobook blog tour and for an audiobook copy of The Hit List. This is my honest and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Holly Seddon is the international bestselling author of TRY NOT TO BREATHE, DON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES and LOVE WILL TEAR US APART. THE HIT LIST will be published in August 2020 in ebook, and April 2021 in paperback.

After growing up in the English countryside obsessed with music and books, Holly worked in London as a journalist and editor. She now lives in Amsterdam with her family and writes full time.

Alongside fellow author Gillian McAllister, Holly co-hosts the popular Honest Authors Podcast.

blog tour, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Final Cut by SJ Watson – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

SJ Watson writes : 

In writing Final Cut I wanted to move away slightly from the entirely domestic, urban and claustrophobic feel of Before I Go To Sleep and open the story world a little. I’m returning to my preoccupations of memory, narrative and identity, though bringing a fresh spin and new maturity to them.

The story follows a young ambitious documentary filmmaker whose first film was lauded and her second less so, and who is struggling with her third film. She hits on the idea of making a film about life in a small, northern village and is persuaded, against her better judgement and for reasons unknown, to film in Blackwood Bay. 

Once there she discovers a town shrouded in mystery and full of secrets, that threaten to engulf and ultimately destroy her. She has to dig deep to save herself, as well as the lives of others.

In researching the book, I was drawn to the idea of the way we document our lives now, on Instagram and Twitter etc., and the downsides of that, as well as the darkness that can hide in plain sight and the abuses that people can visit on their fellow humans. The sad fact is I had to tone down some of the horrific atrocities I read about, or else the book would’ve been too dark, even for me.

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MY REVIEW 

Alex is a filmmaker, she has a new project and arrives in Blackwood Bay, a place she didn’t want to go.

It’s here she begins a search to find out what really happened to the missing girls. What she finds brings back memories long hidden. Just who in this quiet village wants the secrets kept buried?

I can’t say much more for fear of spoiling this marvellously dark and twisty plot, but I can say it’s so packed with tension it will give you the chills.

SJ Watson builds a taut psychological thriller with great descriptive writing,  I felt I knew Blackwood Bay (really reminds me of Robin Hoods Bay) and the almost claustrophobic atmosphere of a small community with its secrets and darkness. Just brilliant and I loved it.

Thank you to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an ARC of Final Cut. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/2XOnk8E

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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SJ. Watson’s first novel, Before I Go To Sleep, became a phenomenal international success and has now sold over 6,000,000 copies world- wide. It won the Crime Writers’ Association Award for Best Debut Novel and the Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year. The film of the book, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and directed by Rowan Joffe, was released in September 2014. S. J. Watson’s second novel, Second Life, a psychological thriller, was published to acclaim in 2015. S. J. Watson was born in the Midlands and now lives in London. 

blog tour, Book reviews, Crime thriller, Psychlogical thriller

Dance With The Reaper by Wes Markin – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

How do you stop a perfect killer?

After the terrible events of the past year, DCI Yorke’s team are on the verge of finding peace. But after a terrifying act of violence shatters their equilibrium, they are forced to dance with a skilled assassin who knows no equal.

After it becomes clear that this hitman is connected to the most shadowy of criminal organisations, Yorke is forced to dive into his own past, and face a future in which he is either alone, or dead.

Can Yorke and those he holds dearest survive the Reaper? Or will this be one dance too many?

“An explosive and visceral debut with the most terrifying of killers. Wes Markin is a new name to watch out for in crime fiction, and I can’t wait to see more of Detective Yorke.” – Bestselling Crime Author Stephen Booth

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MY REVIEW 

Dance With The Reaper is #5 in the series featuring DCI Yorke series, it can be read as a stand-alone but it has a few references to previous novels in the series so you may miss a little continuity.

Here, DCI Michael Yorke is back in the thick of a new case….a sadistic hired killer is torturing his victims before he kills them…..can Yorke catch The Reaper before anyone else dies?

If you like a thriller on the dark side, you’ll love this. It’s dark, disturbing and macabre and as Yorke races against time to catch a killer, your heart races along with him. Fast paced and utterly unputdownable.

Thank you to Caroline at CazVin Books for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eCopy of the book. This is my honest and unbiased review.
Purchase Link : https://amzn.to/2Prenxj

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

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Wes Markin is a hyperactive English teacher, who loves writing crime fiction with a twist of the macabre.

Having finished the fifth instalment in the DCI Yorke series, Dance with the Reaper, Wes is now working on the sixth instalment of DCI Yorke’s wild ride. He is also the author of Defined, a prequel to his DCI Yorke novels, which takes the reader back to his blood-soaked university days.

Born in 1978, Wes grew up in Manchester, UK. After graduating from Leeds University, he spent fifteen years as a teacher of English, and has taught in Thailand, Malaysia and China. Now as a teacher, writer, husband and father, he is currently living in Harrogate, UK.

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blog tour, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

Her Husband’s Grave by P L Kane – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB
A hint of gold glistened in the sand. It was a watch, no doubt about it. A watch… attached to a body.
Criminal psychologist Robyn Adams is at breaking point after her last case resulted in an attempt on her own life. But as she sits in the car about to head home, her phone rings. It’s Robyn’s cousin, Vicky Carter, who she hasn’t seen or heard from in years.
Vicky’s voice cracks down the phone. Her husband, Simon, has been found buried on Golden Sands beach. Desperate to help and determined not to let her last case get the better of her, Robyn returns to the coastal village where she spent summers with Vicky as a child.
Robyn knows that she has let Vicky down in the past and is set on making up for lost time. Throwing herself into the case, she combs through evidence, intent on discovering a lead that will help the local police.
But there is clearly someone who wants Robyn gone. She is convinced someone is watching her and when she begins to receive threatening notes, Robyn knows that she could be risking her life…
But Robyn won’t leave again – she owes it to Vicky to stay.
In this brilliant thriller, Paul’s ability to bring together a captivating plot and compelling characters shines through, pulling you in so deep, you won’t want to come up for air.

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MY REVIEW
Robyn Adams is a clinical psychologist, she’s on a break recovering from events during her last case. She receives a call from her cousin, Vicky. Her husband has just been found dead.
So, Robyn rushes to the area to help Vicky and find out what had happened to Simon.
But, it’s not that easy as she begins to investigate she receives threatening notes…now her life is in danger. But why?
Can she find out who killed Simon before it’s too late?
Her Husband’s Grave is a twisty, intense psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page….utterly gripping.
Thank you to P L Kane and HQ Digital for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Her Husband’s Grave. This is my honest and unbiased review.

Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/3k8SvF5

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

P.L. KANE is the pseudonym of a #1 bestselling and award-winning author and editor, who has had over a hundred books published in the fields of SF, YA and Horror/Dark Fantasy. In terms of crime fiction, previous books include the novel Her Last Secret, the collection Nailbiters and the anthology Exit Wounds, which contains stories by the likes of Lee Child, Dean Koontz, Val McDermid and Dennis Lehane. Kane has been a guest at many events and conventions, and has had work optioned and adapted for film and television (including by Lions Gate/NBC, for primetime US network TV). Several of Kane’s stories have been turned into short movies and Loose Canon Films/Hydra Films have just adapted ‘Men of the Cloth’ into a feature, The Colour of Madness. Kane’s audio drama work for places such as Bafflegab and Spiteful Puppet/ITV features the acting talents of people like Tom Meeten (The Ghoul), Neve McIntosh (Doctor Who/Shetland), Alice Lowe (Prevenge) and Ian Ogilvy (Return of the Saint). Visit http://www.plkane.com for more details.

blog tour, Book reviews, Psychlogical thriller

The Resident by David Jackson – Book Review

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PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Thomas Brogan is a serial killer, and he has nowhere left to hide. At least until he finds an abandoned house at the end of a terrace on a quiet street. And when he discovers that he can access three other houses through the attic space, the real fun begins. Because the one thing that Brogan enjoys even more than killing, is playing games with his victims. And his new neighbours have more than enough dark secrets to make this game his best one yet..

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MY REVIEW 

The Resident is the terrifying and so, so creepy tale of Thomas Brogan, a serial killer in the UK.

Brogan is on the run after his latest kills, the police now know who he is, so he takes refuge in an abandoned terraced house. As he discusses everything with his inner voice, his constant companion, he decides to look in the loft.

He finds, to his absolute joy, the four terraced houses share the loft space!

He watches the residents of the houses as he gets to learn their secrets…..he also waits till some leave the house so he can enter their homes, eat, shower and rummage through their possessions……he has a game to play…….who will he choose?


Will it be the elderly Elsie, deaf, ill and confused?

Will it be Janice and Brian, the bickering couple?

Will it be Collette and Martyn, both with secrets?

 

As Brogan secretly watches them all the tension builds…..

 

The Resident is terrifying……and disturbing….and creepy.  It races by as you watch and wonder what Brogan will do next….(glancing at the loft door wondering whether to put bolts on it….just to make sure……! the loft hatch in my home is in my bedroom and that really didn’t help me sleep!!!).

While Brogan is undoubtedly evil, you do feel sorry for him at times too, all credit to David Jackson’s clever writing. It’s dark, terrifying and utterly gripping from start to finish. I loved every minute.

Thank you to Rachel for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of The Resident. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

Purchase link..https://amzn.to/33hsuNT

 

blog tour, Book reviews, Police procedural, Psychlogical thriller

Shed No Tears by Caz Frear – Book Review


PUBLISHERS BLURB 

Christopher Masters, known as ‘The Roommate Killer’, strangled three women over a two-week period in a London house in November 2012. Holly Kemp, his fourth victim, was never found.

 

Until now.

 

Her remains have been unearthed in a field in Cambridgeshire and DC Cat Kinsella and the major investigation team are called in, but immediately there are questions surrounding the manner of her death. And with Masters now dead, no one to answer them.

DCI Tessa Dyer, the lead on the 2012 case, lends the team a hand, as does DCI Steele’s old boss and mentor, the now retired Detective Chief Superintendent Oliver Cairns.

With Masters dead, Cat and the team have to investigate every lead again.

BUT IF YOU’D GOT AWAY WITH MURDER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WHEN THE CASE IS RE-OPENED?

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MY REVIEW 

Shed No Tears is #3 in the series featuring DC Cat Kinsella, but can also be read as a stand-alone.

This is a police procedural, serial killer thriller and so much more.

Cat is such a likeable, well developed character and as a result you are with her every step of the way as she deals with her family drama, a relationship, her dark investigation into the murders and so much tension as she, and her team, try to stop a killer.

A brilliantly, twisty plot with red herrings, secrets and revelations that will keep you hooked to the very end. A thoroughly entertaining read.

Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of Shed No Tears. This is my honest and unbiased review.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

 

Caz Frear grew up in Coventry, England, and spent her teenage years dreaming of moving to London and writing a novel. After fulfilling her first dream, it wasn’t until she moved back to Coventry thirteen years later that the second finally came true. She has a degree in History & Politics, and when she’s not agonizing over snappy dialogue or incisive prose, she can be found shouting at Arsenal football matches or holding court in the pub on topics she knows nothing about. Sweet Little Lies is her first novel.