BLOG TOUR – The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister

5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blurb

Izzy’s father is finally released from prison, seventeen years after he was convicted of murder.

Izzy wants nothing to do with him. But then her father writes her a letter, begging her to believe he’s innocent.

Against her better judgement, Izzy is tempted to believe him. But how can she?

Because the woman they say he killed was Izzy’s mother . . .

My Review

OMG!!! I don’t think I have ever been so invested in a book. In the characters, in finding out the truth. Is he guilty? Is he innocent?

The perfect setting of the Isle of Wight gave this an almost claustrophobic feel. Nice to recognise places I had the pleasure of visiting too which was an added bonus.

I really felt for Izzy, her whole life completely destroyed in one night. Her trying to wrack her brains around memories from so long ago.

The writing is so captivating you feel like you are sitting in her mothers restaurant watching it all unfold and playing detective alongside her.

Showing the flaws in not only people but marriages , parents, family and how we all crave normality and acceptance . This is a thriller with a real heart at its core.

Thank you to Livvi Thomas @ MichaelJBooks for my (24 hour) advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Sorry Livvi I couldn’t resist , told you I would get it read in time for my blog tour date !!!

About the author

Gillian McAllister has been writing for as long as she can remember. She graduated with an English degree before working as a lawyer. She lives in Birmingham where she now writes full-time. She is the Sunday Times bestselling author of Everything but the Truth, Anything You Do Say, No Further Questions and The Evidence Against You.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Evidence-Against-You-Gillian-McAllister/dp/1405934565

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Dirty little secrets by Jo Spain

4 stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blurb

Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead.

In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people’s lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege – the residents have it all. Life is good. 

There’s just one problem. 

Olive Collins’ dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they’re shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight. 

The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive’s neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.

My Review

If you love character driven books this is definitely one for you. Each chapter is told from one of the six neighbours perspectives (including Olive’s). There is also a great police partnership (they were my favourites).

It’s true what they say “you never know what goes on behind closed doors” and it’s the exposure of all the dirty little secrets that makes this a stonker of a read. A classic whodunnit that isn’t revealed until the very end.

I took my time reading this book so I was careful not to miss any clues, I did guess the killer before the reveal so the clues are there if you fancy yourself a detective.

About the author

Jo Spain has worked as a party advisor on the economy in the Irish parliament. Her first novel, With Our Blessing, was one of seven books shortlisted in the Richard and Judy Search for a Bestseller competition and her first psychological thriller. The Confession, was a number one bestseller in Ireland. Joanne lives in Dublin with her husband and their four young children.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dirty-Little-Secrets-Jo-Spain-ebook/dp/B078YZQJ9X

The Rumour by Lesley Kara

Blurb

When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . .

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea.

Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman.

So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

My Review

Wow this was a surprise in more ways than one. This book is astoundingly smart , ratcheting up the paranoia and you will think you know . You will guess many times and you will be wrong . Great writing makes you question , excellent writing gives you a question and then shocks you with the answer . This author is now on my radar as this is a highly accomplished debut and I can’t wait for her next one .

About the author
Lesley Kara is an alumna of the Faber Academy ‘Writing a Novel’ course. She lives on the North Essex coast. Her first novel, The Rumour, was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller. Her second novel, Who Did You Tell?, is out soon.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rumour-Lesley-Kara-ebook/dp/B07D313CT9

A good enough mother by Bev Thomas

Blurb

Dr Ruth Hartland rises to difficult tasks. She is the director of a highly respected trauma therapy unit. She is confident, capable and excellent at her job. Today she is preoccupied by her son Tom’s disappearance.

So when a new patient arrives at the unit – a young man who looks shockingly like Tom – she is floored. 

As a therapist, Ruth knows exactly what she should do in the best interests of her client, but as a mother she makes a very different choice – a decision that will have profound consequences.

My review

This is a slow starting book that I nearly gave up on (I’m glad I didn’t). Although the pacing is slow the writing is tense and sharp. This is visceral quality writing at its best . It covers a range of heartbreaking subjects and has obviously been well researched. Beautifully descriptive it captures raw grief and the difficulties in relationships between parents and children .

This took me out of my reading comfort zone as it’s not the thriller I was expecting. It’s so much more than that , it’s an insight into NHS mental health care, how good people can make bad decisions , how parents can make mistakes (we are human after all and children don’t come with a manual ). This book is an accomplished debut and although a difficult read it’s a worthy one.

About the author

Bev Thomas was a clinical psychologist in the NHS for many years . She currently works as an organisational consultant in mental health and other services. She lives in London with her family.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Enough-Mother-Bev-Thomas-ebook/dp/B07M6TRC2F

The Passengers by John Marrs my latest Pigeonhole read.

5 glorious stars

Blurb

When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. 

The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?

My review

I was lucky enough to get one of the 350 places on pigeonhole to read this, although it was very frustrating being left on cliffhangers every day . I’m not a patient person at the best of times but the 24 hour wait for the next stave was excruciating.

This book is a great example of how much trust we put in what we see on social media without knowing the full truth. I would like to think that I am not someone who sees in black or white but the many shades of grey. However, after reading this book I’m not so sure as I was quick to judge (wrongly too as much as it pains me to admit it).

You will root for some of the characters, you will loathe some of them too. You will make opinions and feel shame . This book will question your morals. I adore books that make me think.

This is a highly original concept and would make a great series. Come on Netflix!!!

I could rave about this book all day it was that good.

About the author

John Marrs is a former journalist from Northamptonshire, England, who spent 25 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.

He wrote for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.

He recently gave up his job to write novels full time. His first car at the age of seventeen was a three-door, Ford Escort with a Batman sticker in the rear windscreen. He thought the sticker was cool at the time.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Passengers-near-future-thriller-killer-bestselling-ebook/dp/B07HYN1H2C

The Summer of Chasing Dreams by Holly Martin

5 stars

Blurb

Eva is quite content with her life in London. In her job as a cover designer, she works at home, and often in her cosy pyjamas. She’s happy to stay in her safe little world and not explore much outside of it.

She is the opposite of her mum, a free spirit who craved finding adventure and thrills in all corners of the world. But on the day her mum’s will is finalised, Eva finds a list of all the dreams her mum wanted to achieve in her life. Things she never did because she fell pregnant with Eva.

Eva decides these dreams will not go unfulfilled – she is going to be brave and complete them for her mum. As Eva has no experience travelling the world, she hires a guide to go with her on this holiday.

Gorgeous but rude Thor Anderson is not the person she would choose to accompany her on this journey, but somehow she gets stuck with him. As they discover the world together Eva starts to think he might not be as bad as she first thought. She is swept away by Thor’s kindness and mischievous sense of humour. But will it be a simple holiday romance or could this wonderful adventure lead to so much more?

My review

Oh how I loved this book.

Eva (like me) spends her life in pyjamas and is content with her little existence. Relatable character, tick. In fact this ticks all the boxes if you like a story that’s easy to read with romance, moments that make you smile, laugh and even blush a little.

I thought Isaac from Spring at Blueberry Bay was how a book hero should be written but then along came Thor.

I highly recommend you read it so you can fall in love with him as much as I did .

Thank you Holly for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Paperback available now ebook available 29th March.

Link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Chasing-Dreams-gorgeously-heartwarming-ebook/dp/B07MHPTZSQ

The tall poppy bloggers tour

4⭐️

This book is told from the perspectives of a mother and her teenage daughter after the loss of their husband/father.

The first half is mostly about relationships that aren’t quite all they seem . A fractious mother and daughter and friends who are also colleagues/partners . Can they be trusted?

This book is based around a tech company but is written so even a complete technophobe like me could understand it.

The plot and characters are superbly drawn out and the dynamics are interesting and thought provoking.

The second half ramps up the pace until it’s dramatic conclusion.

I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Until-Day-I-Die-Novel-ebook/dp/B07CZJZ2L7