BLOG TOUR – Geiger by Gustaf Skördeman

Thank you to Tracy @compulsivereaders for my place on the tour and to Zaffre Books for my ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

The landline rings as Agneta is waving off her grandchildren. Just one word comes out of the receiver: ‘Geiger’. 

For decades, Agneta has always known that this moment would come, but she is shaken. She knows what it means. 

Retrieving her weapon from its hiding place, she attaches the silencer and creeps up behind her husband before pressing the barrel to his temple. 

Then she squeezes the trigger and disappears – leaving behind her wallet and keys.

The extraordinary murder is not Sara Nowak’s case. But she was once close to those affected and, defying regulations, she joins the investigation. What Sara doesn’t know is that the mysterious codeword is just the first piece in the puzzle of an intricate and devastating plot fifty years in the making . . . 

My Review

This book gently pulled me in with its sweet charade of grandparents spending time with their children and grandchildren. The father/grandfather Stellan, a legendary television presenter, showing an affinity for gardening as he presents his blooms to his daughter. While the mother/grandmother Agneta remains indoors.

To show such a normal family gathering meant that what came next completely pulled the rug from under my feet. As the children are packing up on the drive the phone rings and Agneta hears just one word Geiger. With her children and grandchildren just outside she attaches a silencer to a black Makarov pistol. Approaching her husband she then presses it to his head and squeezes the trigger.

Enter Sara Nowak a prostitution and trafficking investigator who should be nowhere near this case, but being a childhood friend she joins the team investigating Stellan’s murder.

What then follows is a highly complex political tale involving the Cold War and a family with some very dark secrets.

This is not my usual read but I was drawn to the story of an ordinary grandmother committing such an act. Being completely honest I would have much preferred it if it was more of a crime thriller as I’m afraid the espionage and Cold War was a bit lost on me and I found at times it got a bit too complicated. I will say though that the translation is fabulous and I can see this being a great read for fans of John le Carré.

About the author

Gustaf Skördeman was born in 1965 in Sweden and is a screenwriter, director and producer. Geiger, his thriller debut, is published in 24 countries, and film rights have been optioned by Monumental Pictures.

Translated by Ian Giles

Ian Giles translates all three Scandinavian languages into English, with a preference for works of suspense fiction and non-fiction. He is currently Chair of the Swedish-English Literary Translators’ Association. In 2015, Ian was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association International Dagger for his translation of Andreas Norman’s Into A Raging Blaze. Ian currently lives in Edinburgh.

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BLOG TOUR – All my lies by Sophie Flynn

Thank you to Anne @RandomTTours for my place on the tour and to @simonschusterUK for my ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Anna wants to escape.
She doesn’t know when her marriage to James began to feel like a trap or when he became so controlling. All she knows is that she needs to leave before it’s too late.
And she has a plan.

When Anna reconnects with her childhood sweetheart, Sam, she sees it as the answer to her problems. Finally, they’ll have a life together, like they’d always planned – the life she was meant to have.
But the lies are catching up with her . . .
On the morning of their escape, Sam goes missing. Anna knows he wouldn’t leave her, that something must have happened to him.
Her search for answers will force her to confront her past, something that she has been running from for a very long time . . .

Perfect for fans of Louise Jensen, Phoebe Morgan and K.L. Slater, this is a twisty, tense psychological thriller about one woman’s hunt for the truth and her ultimate fight to break free.

My Review

This book made me feel as if I was reading some chapters from my own life story. As, like Anna, I had a controlling husband and then reconnected with a childhood love. Luckily that’s where the similarities ended. However it did make me feel more empathetic towards Anna and my heart was in my throat more often than I care to admit as I recognised the subtle gaslighting techniques and manipulation used by her husband James that in turn become cruel.

Anna’s backstory explains her longing for warmth, love and family, making her extremely vulnerable. So when Sam breaks off all contact her past and present collide and I was left questioning everything and everybody including Anna.

For a debut the author has astounded me with her characterisation. They frustrated me, angered me, brought out my maternal instinct to protect and my strong stance of sisterhood against domestic abuse. James was so well written that I would happily have gone to their house packed her bag and stood up to him myself. The women in this book are all beholden to the men in their lives in one form or another. Rosie is the only one she’s really close to and her being James’ sister makes telling the truth even more difficult and complicated and added another dimension to how closed off and alone Anna actually is.

The walls felt like they were closing in as she becomes more trapped not only be her marriage but by all the lies. And as Rosie herself said “they always catch up with you in the end.”

About the author

Sophie Flynn is a Cotswolds based psychological thriller author with an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes. Alongside writing, Sophie is the Head of Marketing at Jericho Writers. After being awarded a place at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School on the TopWrite scheme for young writers in 2017, Sophie began writing short fiction. She has since had many stories published and placed in competitions with organisations such as Writing Magazine and The Cheltenham Literature Festival.
When not writing, Sophie can mostly be found on muddy walks with her husband and rescue dog or disappearing to Cornwall whenever possible. She is represented by Kate Nash of Kate Nash Literary Agency.
To find out more, visit her website or follow her on Twitter. sophieflynn.com | @sophielflynn

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BLOG TOUR – Don’t come looking by AJ Campbell 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Amanda for my gifted paperback. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

★ THE NEW NOVEL FROM AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR AJ CAMPBELL ★

A missing man. A desperate friend. A circle of deceit.

Would you refuse your friend’s desperate plea for help?

When Eva’s close friend Marc disappears, his wife Sasha is distraught, and Eva is baffled. Sasha and Marc were happy, the perfect couple… or so everybody thought.

Sasha begs Eva to help her find Marc. But he has appeared at the police station where Eva works and has made a statement. It’s on record – when his family report him missing, Marc doesn’t want to be found.

As each day passes, the mystery deepens. What was Marc up to? What made him do the things he did in the months leading up to his disappearance? Things so out of character, Eva struggles to tell Sasha about them… and then a disturbing discovery changes everything.

A psychological thriller full of twists and turns.

Great for readers of: Lisa Jewell, Shari Lapena, Clare Mackintosh, Rachel Abbotts and Adele Parks.

My Review

Following events in Leave well alone, Eva and Jim are now married with two children and while she’s a detective, Jim left the force to become an author after being confined to a wheelchair following a road traffic incident. Requiring regular physiotherapy it comes as a shock to Eva when their close friend and Jim’s physiotherapist’s husband Marc goes missing. Especially as Eva had chased after him when she discovered he had made a report at her police station declaring he was of sound mind and if reported missing he didn’t want to be found.

Having to go off the book and putting her career in jeopardy Eva is determined to find out why a happily married family man wanted to disappear. Is he having a mid life crisis, an affair, suffering a breakdown after losing his job or is more going on than even his wife knows about?

Napier Close should have been called Wisteria Lane as there are more dodgy neighbours, blackmail, secrets and goings on than there ever was in Desperate Housewives. Those neighbours you invited over had more skeletons in their closet than a Halloween store.

With great characters and strong pacing this book kept me glued as I tried to piece the clues together alongside Eva.

It’s very true when they say you never know what goes on behind closed doors but when you see photographic evidence will you believe their story. As Bucks Fizz sang the camera never lies or does it????

About the author

AJ Campbell is the debut author of the International Amazon bestselling novel Leave Well Alone. She writes in the psychological suspense and mystery genres. Her second book, Don’t Come Looking, was released on 17 April 2021.

WEBSITE: http://www.ajcampbellauthor.com INSTAGRAM: ajcampbellauthor FACEBOOK: ajcampbellauthor

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BLOG TOUR – Her first mistake by Carey Baldwin

Thank you to Noelle @bookouture for my place on the tour and ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Mia covered her mouth to keep from crying out. She hated the dark, but her mother had made her promise. But what was the point of being a good little girl if she couldn’t help her mother? She’d promised her mother not to scream, but she hadn’t promised not to escape…

To the world, Mia Thornton is invisible—a quiet, timid preschool teacher. People would never guess that she found the will to dig her way out of a locked shed when she was just six years old. That she never saw her mother again.

Now, all Mia longs for is a normal life and friends to call her own. But when she runs into a group of colleagues one evening, she discovers that, once again, she’s been excluded. Stung at the rejection, she pockets the keys of one of the women in a petty act of revenge. Celeste Cooper is fearless, pretty, popular—everything Mia wishes she could be.

The next day, Celeste is reported missing. And Mia realizes that it might have been her fault. Wracked with guilt, she joins the search, determined to make up for her mistake. But as she grows closer to Celeste’s family, Mia can’t help but feel she’s being watched…

What if Celeste’s disappearance has more to do with Mia than she realizes? And if she keeps digging, does she risk being dragged back into the dark forever?

Prepare to be gripped by the pulse-pounding new psychological thriller from USA Today bestselling author Carey Baldwin. Fans of The Wife Between Us, The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will be totally addicted to Her First Mistake.

My Review

This has one of the most devastating prologues I think I’ve ever read. A young girl locked in a shed by her own mother tore at my heart.

Then we skip forward to present day and Mia is now working as a pre-school teacher, ostracised by her colleagues who as it turns out have been meeting secretly for drinks every month for the past year. Which she only discovers by having gone to the restaurant to meet with a child’s mother and, after being stood up, bumps into them on leaving. This is where she makes her first mistake!

Narrated in third person, with Mia you are never quite sure how reliable her version of events are, especially after learning what she is capable of doing in her sleep.

My heart went out to Mia though, from terrible beginnings all she wanted was a friend and I found that so heartbreaking and the cruel rejections she continued to face just made me want to protect her from all the meanness. The school setting was perfect as it’s often a place where rejection, bullying and cruelty happens. Although it’s normally the children not the adults who are both the victims, ringleader and cohorts.

This book really made me think of the film The Butterly Effect and how one small inconsequential thing can bring about devastating consequences.

About the author

By day Carey is a dedicated pediatrician. By night she’s a USA Today bestselling and award winning author of edgy suspense. In addition to her MD, Carey also holds a PhD in clinical psychology. She loves reading and writing stories that keep you off balance and on the edge of your seat. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and chasing wildflowers.



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BLOG TOUR – Beneath Black Water River by Leslie Wolfe

Thank you to Noelle @bookouture for my place on the tour and ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

She looked alive, her hair drifting freely in the water, her red lips gently parted, as if to let her final breath escape. A small locket floated by her face, attached to her neck with a silver chain…

When Detective Kay Sharp first left Mount Chester—population 3,823—in her rear-view mirror, she promised never to look back. The town only contained bad memories and dark secrets. But when a brutal crime surfaces, she finds herself home once more, and this time she’s not going anywhere.

Kay is called to Blackwater River, where the body of a seventeen-year-old girl has been found. Surrounded by snowy peaks and a forest alive with the colors of fall, the victim floats in the water, a hand-carved locket around her neck.

The locket seems strangely familiar. Digging into cold cases, Kay discovers that three-year-old Rose Harrelson was wearing it when she vanished fourteen years ago. In the middle of the night, the little girl’s bedroom—with Mickey Mouse on the wall and a hanging baby mobile—was suddenly empty. The unsolved case still haunts the town.

But the teenager they have found has been dead for only a few hours. If the girl in the river is Rose, where has she been? Who has been hiding her all these years? Kay knows she must solve the kidnapping in order to untangle the mystery of the dead body.

Then Kay receives a shocking call. The dead girl has been identified—and she’s not Rose. So why is she wearing the locket, and what happened to the missing child from all those years ago? As Kay unearths a web of lies and deceit spun for decades, the close-knit community will never be the same. And Kay will find herself facing a truly terrifying killer…

A totally gripping page-turner that should come with a health warning! Be warned: you’ll lose sleep and your heart will race like crazy as you read twist after twist. Perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, Robert Dugoni and Kendra Elliot.

My Review

A romantic proposal behind a waterfall descends into horror when instead of a yes a scream cuts through the air. I love how the author starts her books in this series, this is book two but can be read as a stand alone. Although personally book one The girl from Silent Lake was so damn good I would recommend you read that too. Plus you then get more of the character’s back stories as yet again we join Detective Kay Sharp, former FBI profiler and her partner Elliot.

This time we have the discovery of the body of a young girl, her body pinned down by a boulder and a small red locket on a sliver chain around her neck. With the locket and some DNA pointing to an old case but the body identified as someone else there’s more than one mystery to solve. With a prominent family involved and secrets being hidden this small town certainly has plenty going on.

Then add in a brilliant sub plot of investigating one of her new colleagues for domestic abuse and they have their work cut out. And so do we as readers, trying to work out the connections and solve the crimes of murder and kidnapping.

I love the partnership of Kay and Elliot, the chemistry between them sizzles off the page. However it’s the complexity of the plots that hold my interest, the author really knows how to hook you and keep you dangling as you struggle to work out the who and the why.

The pace ramping up as it leads to a dramatic finale where it all comes together. Already excited to see what book three will bring.

About the author

Leslie Wolfe is a bestselling author whose novels break the mold of traditional thrillers. She creates unforgettable, brilliant, strong women heroes who deliver fast-paced, satisfying suspense, backed up by extensive background research in technology and psychology.

Leslie released the first novel, Executive, in October 2011. It was very well received, including inquiries from Hollywood. Since then, Leslie published numerous novels and enjoyed growing success and recognition in the marketplace. Among Leslie’s most notable works, The Watson Girl (2017) was recognized for offering a unique insight into the mind of a serial killer and a rarely seen first-person account of his actions, in a dramatic and intense procedural thriller.

Leslie enjoys engaging with readers every day and would love to hear from you.


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BLOG TOUR – Every little breath by Keri Beevis 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Rachel @rararesources for my place on the tour and to Keri and Bloodhound Books for my copy in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

How much could one phone call change your life?

‘Only you can save her. If she dies, it is your fault.’

When radio presenter, Casey Fallon, answers a call she assumes it is a prank. But then a woman’s body is discovered, and she finds herself up against a cruel and calculating killer who wants her to find his victims before they take their last breath.

Fifteen years ago, Casey was a key witness in the trial of serial killer, Steve Noakes, and her evidence helped put him behind bars for the murders of five women.

Someone remembers what happened that summer. Someone who is desperate for revenge. Someone who won’t stop until Casey has been punished.

‘You saved a life once. Can you do it again?’

The game is just beginning…

Number one bestselling author Keri Beevis is back with a breathtaking new psychological thriller which is simply too good to miss. It’s the perfect read for fans of authors like Clare Mackintosh, Cara Hunter, Paula Hawkins.

My Review

Omg the opening reads like a how to be a serial killer guide for dummies! So don’t go annoying me, as I now know the best way to bump you off!

This is only my second read of Keri’s books and after rating the last one five stars I perhaps should have given that a four (only joking) as this one blows that book away with ten tonnes of dynamite.

Her characters came to life on the page and were fully formed in my mind immediately. Casey reminded me of myself as a young woman living in Norwich, giving me an instant connection with her, so when she went to dump her boyfriend of four years and instead witnessed his dad about to presumably torture and kill a young woman I was invested in her doing the right thing and getting the hell out of dodge so to speak.

Enter policeman Finn Murphy, now I’ve heard the term book boyfriend/husband before (saves the expensive divorce costs of a real one) and he fits the bill.

No not that bill!

He’s there when Casey needs him, he keeps her safe and feeling protected whenever she’s at her most vulnerable. How do you trust again when someone you thought you knew was hiding such a deadly secret? And what of the boyfriend whose dad you’ve just had sent down for murder?

Fifteen years later and Casey is a late night DJ for a local radio station when she receives a call she assumes is just another creep. Is the past catching up and can Casey save again?

This book will have you gripped, it will have you shouting with infuriation. You will go and check your door is locked, you will think twice about where you walk your dog. Nothing will feel safe anymore.

That’s even before all the twists and surprises the author has in store for you and an ending that will leave you feeling stunned and mouthing wtf!

About the author

Keri Beevis is the internationally bestselling author of Dying To Tell, Deep Dark Secrets and Trust No One. Dying To Tell reached no. 1 in the Amazon chart in Australia and was a top 25 hit in the UK, while Deep Dark Secrets was the bestselling Bloodhound Books title of 2020. Her most recent thriller, Every Little Breath, is released in April 2021. Keri lives in Norfolk, England, with her two naughty kitties, Ellie and Lola, and a plentiful supply of red wine (her writing fuel). She loves Hitchcock movies, exploring creepy places, and gets extremely competitive in local pub quizzes. She is also a self-confessed klutz. Find out more about Keri and her books at http://www.keribeevis.com or you can follow her on social media at http://www.facebook.com/allaboutbeev http://www.twitter.com/keribeevis http://www.instagram.com/keri.beevis

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Book Review – Playing nice by JP Delaney

I read this with the Facebook bookclub Novels & Natter https://www.facebook.com/groups/451447969098103/ as our April read.

Blurb

Pete Riley answers the door one morning to a parent’s worst nightmare. On his doorstep is Miles Lambert, who breaks the devastating news that Pete’s two-year-old, Theo, isn’t Pete’s real son – their babies got mixed up at birth. 

The two families – Pete, his partner Maddie, and Miles and his wife Lucy – agree that, rather than swap the boys back, they’ll try to find a more flexible way to share their children’s lives. But a plan to sue the hospital triggers an investigation that unearths disturbing questions about just what happened the day the babies were switched.

And when Theo is thrown out of nursery for hitting other children, Maddie and Pete have to ask themselves: how far do they want this arrangement to go? What secrets lie hidden behind the Lamberts’ smart front door? How much can they trust the real parents of their child – or even each other?

My Review

This book both excited me and infuriated me in equal measure. Two vastly different families facing the same dilemma, the child they have raised for two years isn’t theirs…..

Let me start this review with what is in my opinion the books strongest and weakest point, the characters. Peter, who his own partner nicknames Saint Peter, is now both a stay at home dad and freelance journalist. This is where I struggled (you’re a journalist but yet you take people at their word and don’t ask the right questions). Plenty of eye rolling went along with perfect Pete. His partner Maddie suffered with severe post natal depression and went a bit crazy having hallucinations and used the microwave to block out messages that her mind had created. She’s finally in control or is she? They are the parents of Theo, who Maddie still struggles to connect with, they also have financial troubles.

Then there is Miles and Lucy the other couple and parents to David who suffered brain damage at birth and now has physical and learning difficulties. Miles is a controlling, manipulative narcissist with the cash to pay for David’s care so thinks it’s best that the children remain where they are. Lucy does whatever Miles tells her.

But what happens when you clap eyes on your biological child and it looks like you? Would you then want both? Things certainly didn’t go the way I thought they would and some of the revelations left me gobsmacked.

I’ve purposefully avoided too many plot details as this is a book that the less you know the better. It made for a brilliant bookclub read as there was plenty of plot points and ethical decisions that led to great discussion. How far would you go to protect your child? And which child are you choosing to protect, the one you gave birth to or the one you have raised?

About the author

JP Delaney is a British writer of psychological suspense. His novel THE GIRL BEFORE was an instant New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller and sold over a million copies in 40 countries. The follow-up, BELIEVE ME, was also an international bestseller, as was his third, THE PERFECT WIFE. His fourth standalone psychological thriller, PLAYING NICE, will be published in summer 2020. JP Delaney has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. The Carnivia Trilogy, a series of three standalone but interlinked thrillers set in present-day Venice and written under the name Jonathan Holt, was published in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit http://www.jpdelaney.co.uk or follow @jpdelaneywriter on Facebook.

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BLOG TOUR – My little girl by Shalini Boland

Thank you to Sarah @bookouture for my place on the tour and ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Your daughter is missing. Did someone close to you take her?

Seven-year-old Beatrice has gone missing. Her mother Claire’s whole world has been turned upside down in just one moment and she can’t stop shaking. She’s desperate to find her precious daughter, but nothing about the day she disappeared makes sense…

The mother-in-law: Jill was meant to be looking after Beatrice. She says she didn’t take her eyes off the little girl but her version of events doesn’t add up… Claire has never got on with her, so why should she trust her now?

The husband: He should have been with their only child. Instead, he changed the plans without telling Claire. She didn’t think there were any secrets between them, but maybe she was wrong?

The first wife: Laurel has always been jealous of Claire’s family. Has her husband’s ex-wife taken her daughter?

Which one of them is lying? And who really knows where Beatrice is?

From the million-copy bestselling author, this totally addictive psychological thriller will keep you guessing all the way to the final shocking twist. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Wife Between Us.

My Review

I don’t know how Shalini does it but every book she writes hooks me quickly. She takes a family and completely upends their life, spinning it into a riveting drama, in this case it’s a child going missing at the fair.

But omg the characters in this book drove me doolally, to the point that I was messaging my friend Daniella, who was reading it at the same time, to discuss the mother in law. I totally understood Claire’s reaction and Jill is fortunate that I’m not her daughter in law, as I wouldn’t have let her off so lightly. I was going to add that Claire did come across as having a slight superiority complex and was a tad judgemental but then realised that I had made the same judgements and I think as a parent you just automatically point blame the second something happens to your child that you had no control over.

That is precisely what Shalini does so well with her books, she gets to the core of people and sees them for what they are, giving them realistic personalities and responses. The relationships have flaws that many people can easily relate to, especially when they come with baggage.

Narrated in first person by Claire and Jill, really forces you to see from both perspectives, and you will pick a side and fairly quickly. You will either choose team Claire, a mum who was looking forward to a night out and who left her husband Oliver in charge of Bea, only to discover he had palmed her off to his mum who you don’t trust. Or you will choose team Jill and see how much she loves her granddaughter but makes silly mistakes that causes Claire to mistrust her with Bea. Her heart is in the right place and you can’t help but feel sorry for her.

With red herrings along the way this is not only a great whodunnit but a richly drawn family drama. It will have your fingers glowing red from turning the pages so fast and the nails bitten to the quick until you reach the dramatic conclusion.

About the author

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and Jess their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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BLOG TOUR – Mirror Land by Carole Johnstone 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Anne @RandomTTours for my place on the tour and to HarperCollins for my gifted paperback. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

I wasn’t there when my sister died.

Because she isn’t dead.

No. 36 Westeryk Road. An imposing house on the outskirts of Edinburgh, filled with curving shadows and crumbling grandeur.

But it’s what lies under the house that is extraordinary – Mirrorland. A vivid make-believe world that twin sisters Cat and El created as children.

20 years later, El disappears. Forced to return to her childhood home, Cat is irresistibly drawn to Mirrorland. Because El has a plan. She’s left a treasure hunt that will unearth long-buried secrets…

A sharply crafted mystery about the power of imagination and the lies we tell ourselves, perfect for fans of Erin Kelly and Tana French.

My Review

Catriona/Cat is returning to her childhood home in Scotland from California after her twin sister Ellice/El goes missing, after going out on a sailboat alone. Catriona knowing El better than anyone knows she is just playing another one of her games.

With a dual time line you learn of their childhood at number 36 where they lived with their mother and grandfather. Retreating into the fantasy world of Mirrorland created in their imagination, featuring every child’s stereotype of clowns, pirates and witches to name just a few. But here they are safe!

Look beneath the surface…. you will discover toxicity behind every adventure, cruelty and betrayal behind love and nothing and nobody are as they seem.

This book has taught me a valuable lesson, never assume a genre isn’t for you. This is a mind meltingly, gloriously clever blend of gothic thriller with a dream ridden nightmare of the magical world the twins created. While at its heart it still contains a mystery and investigation.

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall watching the author plot this book. I hope she has shares in the post it note company. It’s so brilliantly executed that you really have to pay attention to even the smallest of details. The clues are masterfully hidden if you care to look for them. So for this to be a debut is as mind melting as the story itself. An author to watch!

About the author

Carole Johnstone’s award-winning short fiction has been reprinted in many annual ‘Best of’ anthologies in the UK and US. She lives in Argyll & Bute, Scotland, with her husband. Mirrorland is her debut novel.

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BLOG TOUR – The house swap by Jo Lovett

Thank you to Sarah @bookouture for my place on the tour and ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Island house off coast of Maine, with private beach, sea views and the occasional farmyard animal, seeks super swanky Central London penthouse overlooking Holland Park, complete with concierge service and spurned ex-lovers…

When thirty-somethings Cassie and James find each other on a home swap website, it feels meant to be. City hotshot James needs a bolthole after a relationship goes sour and Cassie needs to leave the comfort of her little island to research her new book.

Soon, James is living in Cassie’s cute but ramshackle beachside cottage, and Cassie’s living in James’s luxurious London apartment. It’s the perfect solution.

Except James didn’t imagine he’d be sharing his home with eleven chickens and three alpacas, not to mention the unusually friendly neighbours, who seem to find any excuse to drop by. And Cassie is less than impressed when James’s ex-girlfriend turns up at his door, demanding to know where he’s gone.

The more Cassie and James talk, the more the tension between them mounts. But as the insults fly so do the sparks, and when the time finally comes to swap back, Cassie and James find they aren’t quite ready to give each other up.

But there’s more than just distance between them – and when Cassie makes a surprising discovery, the pair are forced to confront their feelings and decide what kind of life they really want.

An utterly heart-warming love story that will make you laugh and cry, fans of The Flatshare, The Hating Game and movies like The Holiday will fall head over heels for The House Swap.

My Review

James has a crazy ex girlfriend, who after expecting a marriage proposal at her 30th birthday party, is now harassing him out of town.

Cassie is a popular novelist who needs to leave her island sanctuary as her agent Jennifer wants the latest book to be set in London and it just so happens it would make getting ivf easier.

This is a great example of enemies to lovers with two main characters that are both flawed but likeable. James with his commitment issues and family history and Cassie with her cheating ex and previous miscarriage are both vulnerable and so perfectly suited.

I must admit I didn’t warm to James at first and thought Cassie was far too good for him. But like Cassie I warmed up to him and I began to root for them to get together.

Then there is the wonderful supporting cast of friendly neighbours for Cassie and animals for James. This has both the funnies and the fuzzies as well as a will they won’t they slow burn of a romance.

Pure feel good escapism and who doesn’t love an alpaca or three!

About the author

Jo Lovett lives in London with her family.

She worked in Corporate Tax before taking a longer-than-expected career break to have more-than-expected children (five). She started writing romantic comedy when she realised that she was regularly begging her oldest son to let her do his English homework but she wasn’t actually that interested in haunted houses or Macbeth.

Jo was runner-up in the Good Housekeeping/ Orion First Novel Competition 2018 and shortlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Award 2019.

Her first novel, ‘The First Time We Met’, was published by Bookouture in November 2020 and her second, ‘The House Swap’, comes out in April 2021.

When she can escape from her laundry mountain, she enjoys reading, tennis and wine.

https://twitter.com/JoLovettWrites

Links to buy

Amazon: https://bit.ly/3da6FVl
Apple: https://apple.co/2LLYkvR
Kobo: https://bit.ly/3iqd1kh
Google: https://bit.ly/3sF99k0

Don’t forget to check out all the other blogger’s thoughts on the tour. Happy reading!