Blog Tour – I’ll Never Tell by Casey Kelleher

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

Blurb

When we were young, Sarah and I did a terrible thing – but it was only me who paid the price. Now, just when I thought no one from my old life would ever find me, a note is slid under my door: I haven’t forgotten. I haven’t forgiven. FOUND YOU.

My best friend Sarah and I used to spend all our time in a place we called the Doll House. It was just an old, abandoned cottage in the woods behind our house but it was heaven to us. Until one of our games went wrong. And someone ended up dead.

It was an accident, or at least Sarah told me it was. But when I tried to tell the police that I wasn’t involved, they didn’t believe me. When the Doll House Girls were splashed across the newspapers, it was my face they showed under the headlines. I’m the one who stood trial.

Now, twenty years on, I’ve made a new life with a new identity. I have a wonderful husband, Carl, and Jacob, our adorable son. Despite everything in my past, I’m happy.

Then the first note arrives. FOUND YOU. Soon other threats start coming, and the person behind them is clear they’d be willing to hurt my family – to hurt Jacob – to get to me. I know who they are. And I know what they’re capable of. The other doll… The girl who got away with murder.

A totally addictive page-turner packed with heart-stopping twists, if you love Lisa Jewell, Rachel Abbott and The Silent Patient you’ll love I’ll Never Tell.

My Review

This was my first book by this author as her previous books have mostly been gangland which isn’t my jam. This however sounded very me, I mean unreliable narrator, creepy house, children that kill and a new identity and life all I needed was a psychopath….. oh wait a minute, that could be the liar liar pants on fire!

Told in the then and now, the girl who was Emma Jayne is now Alessia and happily married to Carl and mother to Jacob. While Carl is away working a brick wrapped in paper is thrown through their window with the message found you. Then just days later she is run off the road while driving home with Jacob in the car. But with Carl not knowing about her old life she has to play it all down as teenagers and an impatient driver. She cannot possibly divulge that she thinks Sarah is back as that would mean him discovering the truth.

I’ve always been morbidly curious about kids that kill and what happens to them when they are released back into society. Still young enough to start again do they deserve that chance when their victims didn’t get that? Can they be trusted? And what about the people that fall in love and even start families with them, without even knowing what they’ve done. At the start of this book Emma Jane protested her innocence and ended up taking the punishment as Sarah had denied involvement and pushed all blame on to her. We all know children tell lies so when both are children how do you decide who is telling the truth?

This is a fast paced, thought provoking book where both timelines are equally captivating. Goosebump inducing moments that sent a chill down my spine sat alongside the tender moment of a child being interviewed knowing nobody believes her. Was my empathy misplaced? You will have to read it to find out!

About the author

Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her Husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.

Social Media:

https://www.caseykelleher.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCaseyKelleher/
https://www.instagram.com/caseykelleher/
https://twitter.com/caseykelleher

Links to buy

Amazon: https://bit.ly/3oXmCTn Apple: https://apple.co/3oYVmnA Kobo: https://bit.ly/3p3t0bw Google: https://bit.ly/3G3k2ST

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

Blog Tour – The Hapless Husband & His Curious Wife by Helen E. Field

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

Blurb

A hilarious modern day social comedy.

Follow the madcap lives of the sassy Brooke and her anxious husband Dean, as they navigate the chaos caused by their double lives: secrets, syndicates and stress… money, madness and McDonald’s… political incorrectness, punters and posh people… betting, blood pressure and ballet… haves, have nots and horseracing…diversity, dilemmas and days out…gender, gyms and gentility. TRIGGER WARNING: If you are easily offended, ‘woke’ or work in human resources you may be traumatised by this author’s irreverent sense of humour.

Essex girl Brooke secretly works for Lady Townsend, who’s attempting to transform her into a lady, by offering her an eye-opening education. She exposes Brooke to some mind-boggling experiences and a class of people a million miles away from her own, resulting in some seriously funny social faux pas along the way. Brooke’s outlook changes as she takes advantage of these opportunities to better herself, with often comic results! Meanwhile her husband Dean is clueless as to why his normally ditsy wife appears to be acting so weird.

Meanwhile, Dean has been set a challenge by his boss. He’s been tasked with making their workforce the most diverse in the industry, but Dean’s unorthodox approach to recruiting, reveals that he struggles with the very concept of what he considers a ‘woke’ request. In addition, he’s still keeping his mystery shopping side hustle a secret from his demanding wife, ensuring he gets some ‘me time’ away from her and their boisterous toddler Paige.

The farcical situations they find themselves in as a result of their lies, cause off the scale stress for them both. How much longer can they withstand the deceit? Will Brooke’s transformation make her long-suffering husband feel left behind? Or will it improve all their lives? It’s that or even more chaos…

The story pokes fun at a myriad of people and institutions and is a wonderfully eclectic mix of Gavin & Stacey, Pygmalion and Legally Blonde!

My Review

More misunderstandings, mishaps and mayhem from the fabulous De’Aths. This time Brooke is still trying to better herself and widen her hinterland (even though she has no idea what that is) and as usual you can take the girl out of Essex but it’s much more difficult to take Essex out of the girl.

Meanwhile her husband Dean has been tasked to make his workplace more diverse so his boss can win an award. Not an easy feat for someone who has no idea about the new pc way of life when it comes to gender, sexuality and ethnicity. To his poor brain he just has visions of his mate Dave in a dress and thinks he needs to double up to hit the figures by employing a disabled gypsy or a gay Jew.

They are nice people with some good ideas, they just seem to go about them in the strangest ways and both are a bit like a bungalow (not much up top). You can’t help but love them as characters though and laugh with them as they get caught up in all sorts of scrapes. Dean normally of his own catastrophic doing and Brooke because she’s a Primark trying to fit in with the Gucci’s. I just wish she would see that it is ok to educate yourself but the right people love you just as you are.

I loved the first book, seeing them both act like fish out of water in their new jobs. Brooke mingling with the posh and classy Mrs Townsend and friends and Dan taking on the role of mystery shopper like some super spy all for a hot tub. This book carries on in the same vein although it is probably a bit nearer the knuckle humour wise. It certainly isn’t for the easily offended, but if like me you aren’t and have a sense of humour that doesn’t mind poking a bit of fun it’s an absolute hoot.

About the author

Helen Field is a business woman, writer, publisher of greetings cards, funny poet, speaker, traveller and author of The Mystery Shopper & The Hot Tub.

She was born and brought up in Waltham Abbey in Essex andcurrently lives in a small village in North West Essex, so it would be fair to say she has earned her “Essex girl” badge!

Helen has had a varied and interesting career in retail and hospitality in UK, Europe and USA, including setting up and running her own restaurant. She runs her own training consultancy to the hospitality industry. One element of her business has been designing and implementing mystery shopper programmes all over the UK for some of the most well-known organisations. With inside knowledge of the industry and armed with thousands of funny mystery shopping incidents, she was inspired to write her debut novel, The Mystery Shopper & The Hot Tub.

Helen has recently spent time combining work and writingwith travelling with her husband, including four months in Europe in a 20 year old campervan, a completely wild four-month ride round India by train and a month in an isolated log cabin in Finland. 

She rides a motorbike and has three talented and amazinggrown up children.

P.s. She doesn’t have a hot tub… yet!

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hapless-Husband-His-Curious-Wife-ebook/dp/B09M7HJHBJ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=22N5W96UK6ZYR&keywords=the+hapless+husband&qid=1638100378&qsid=259-1532132-0884445&sprefix=the+hapless+husband%2Caps%2C68&sr=8-1&sres=B09M7HJHBJ%2CB094HDWNKJ%2CB01BFCG4J2%2C1688159487%2C1897864582%2C1853759937%2CB079GWBJ7W%2CB07M5B72HW%2C1405911662%2CB003MVZC0M%2CB06XSQ5M7L%2C1509800190%2CB07YF3QVCZ%2C0099509369#featureBulletsAndDetailBullets_feature_div

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Blog Tour – The Quiet People by Paul Cleave 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

Blurb

Cameron and Lisa Murdoch are successful New Zealand crime writers, happily married and topping bestseller lists worldwide. They have been on the promotional circuit for years, joking that no one knows how to get away with crime like they do. After all, they write about it for a living.
So when their challenging seven-year-old son Zach disappears, the police and the public naturally wonder if they have finally decided to prove what they have been saying all this time… Are they trying to show how they can commit the perfect crime?
Multi-award winning bestseller Paul Cleave returns with an electrifying and chilling thriller about family, public outrage and what a person might be capable of under pressure, that will keep you guessing until the final page…

My Review

Can crime writers get away with murder? A tag line, that as a regular crime/thriller reader, has often crossed my mind. Hey I’ve even joked that I’ve read so many now that even I would know the best way to get rid of someone. So why has nobody written this before? I mean just Google crime writers who have committed murder, it does actually happen. Although one wasn’t quite so clever, penning an essay titled How to murder your husband then getting arrested for allegedly doing just that.

You would think with that tagline plastered all over the cover that you would assume guilt before even opening the book. That is where the author has played an absolute blinder as that is the thought of one of the police and not a confession of guilt. So you are never really sure whether they have or not and that not knowing will drive you crazy. I bet your interest is even piqued enough now that you want to read it to find out.

Then we come on to the characters, Cameron and Lisa are happily married, parents to Zach and write bestselling crime books together. Cameron comes across as an act first think later kind of guy and has not only an easily sparked temper but a voice in his head called Mr What If, helpful in plotting books but exceedingly unhelpful in putting worst case scenario’s in his head in regards to their missing son. Lisa on the other hand was more difficult to read and my own Miss What If told me that the quiet ones are always the ones to watch. Hence the genius title!

With their son Zach being extremely challenging and having meltdowns so frequently they have given them the name CZM (Crazy Zach Mood) are they really the loving and desperate parents of a missing boy or had his care got too much and was the previous day at the fair giving him something nice as a final goodbye?

The thing that threw me the most was the prologue and I was trying to make it fit in with my own theory. Like adding 2+2 and coming up with 946 it messed with my head. With things pointing more and more in one direction the thought of a set up crossed my mind but then knowing crime writers brains I thought nah I’m just being led that way or am I? Is the author really going to go there? Is it a double bluff? And being my first by this author the big question was how good at plot twists is he?

Dual narrated by Cameron and DI Rebecca Kent you get to see both sides of the investigation and DI Kent has a nose better than Archie the Terminator bloodhound for sniffing out things that aren’t quite right.

This is one hell of a book, with writing so sharp it cuts and an intrigue so intense it’s enough to make the dogs curious as well as the cats and we all know what happened there!

About the author

Paul is an award-winning author who divides his time between his home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, where most of his novels are set, and Europe. He has won the New Zealand Ngaio Marsh Award three times, the Saint-Maur book festival’s crime novel of the year award in France, and has been shortlisted for the Edgar and the Barry in the US and the Ned Kelly in Australia. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. He’s thrown his frisbee in over forty countries, plays tennis badly, golf even worse, and has two cats – which is often two too many.
Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulCleave, and his website: paulcleave.com.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quiet-People-Paul-Cleave-ebook/dp/B097PRKM64/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=1DQJCKL796X9H&keywords=the+quiet+people+paul+cleave&qid=1637837579&qsid=259-1532132-0884445&sprefix=the+quiet+p%2Caps%2C114&sr=8-1&sres=1913193942%2CB095SWN373%2C1409181634%2CB095KTB4Z9%2CB0155MTCR4%2CB06XR9WM19%2CB06XR37S4M%2CB072L79SLJ%2CB0031RS77W%2CB06XR3KMLY%2CB082888JFC&srpt=ABIS_BOOK

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Blog Tour – Call of the penguins by Hazel Prior 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

Blurb

Meet the heroine everyone’s talking about . . .

Fiercely resilient and impeccably dressed, Veronica McCreedy has lived an incredible 87 years. Most of them alone, in her huge house by the sea.

But Veronica has recently discovered a late-life love for family and friendship, adventure and wildlife. 

More specifically, a love for penguins!

And so when she’s invited to co-present a wildlife documentary, far away in the southern hemisphere, she jumps at the chance.

Even though it will put her in the spotlight, just when she thought she would soon fade into the wings. 

Perhaps it’s never too late to shine?

My Review

I loved Away with the penguins (you can read my review here) https://melaniesreads.wordpress.com/2021/10/09/book-club-book-review-away-with-the-penguins-by-hazel-prior-5-stars- so I was overjoyed to be given the chance to be on the tour for the sequel.

I wondered after reading the first book why I felt such an affinity with Veronica, she’s grumpy while I’m a permanent beam of sunshine and she isn’t really a people person either and I adore company and inane chatter. In Call of the penguins it was one sentence that answered that question and made me love her even more. “I am made of much more cynical stuff, my own affairs of the heart having been more deadly nightshade than honeysuckle.” I know the feeling Veronica! It is her brutal honesty that gives her such charm and you know from how she cares for little Daisy that her heart is really the size of a lion.

Daisy, as is often the case with a child, shows Veronica in a new and softer light and it is her unbound enthusiasm for life, after all she has been through, that brought more joy than even the cutest penguin. Sorry Pip but you have competition from Tony the Macaroni.

I don’t want to give away the entire plot by rambling on about everything I loved but let’s just say all the old characters are back and on new adventures with even more penguins and a new quest of family discovery. With charm, humour and a non preachy approach to climate change Hazel manages to get the message across in a way that hopefully makes more people sit up and pay attention.

Yet again I was disappointed at turning the final page, wishing there was more. I hope Veronica is putting on her lipstick grabbing her handbag and heading out the door for many more adventures.

About the author

HAZEL PRIOR lives on Exmoor. As well as writing, she works as a freelance harpist. Hazel is the author of Ellie and the Harp-Maker and Away with the Penguins, which was a #1 bestseller in ebook and audiobook, picked for the Richard & Judy Book Club and for the Radio 2 Book Club. It has now sold over 170,000 copies across all formats and has over 12,000 ratings on Amazon. Hazel’s debut novel, ELLIE AND THE HARPMAKER, has also been a top 100 Kindle bestseller and has sold over 20,000 copies in ebook in 2021 alone. Call of the Penguins is her third novel.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B091C9PCYD/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1637751708&sr=8-1

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

Blog Tour – The new family by Victoria Jenkins

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.

My Review

This is one of those books where the less you know going in the better and to prove that point I’ve actually changed my blog layout. I normally put the blurb at the top but I think you should ignore the blurb and just read the book.

Keeping in the spirit of that I will give very few details about plot points and stay away from specifics but will say that this is almost too clever. It felt like you had two books for the price of one until they came together right at the very end and that is where it all made absolute sense.

The stories are told via dual narration and in different timelines by Brooke and Christina, both having complicated lives. Brooke has just taken in Oliver with young child Finley as new tenants but something doesn’t feel right. With no family and a past that makes her wary is it all in her head?

Then there is Christina, mum to twins she is trying to make her marriage work after she had an affair and hoping her husband never finds out.

This is a slow burn character led book with a setting that really adds to the atmosphere and heightens the eeriness. This would be perfect for those that love a more in-depth read where you feel you actually get to know the characters and get a real view of their lives.

Blurb

Can you really trust the family next door?

Brooke is delighted when Oliver decides to rent her old family home with his three-year-old son Finley. Finally someone to bring happiness to the rundown house across the street. They seem like the perfect tenants, but Brooke is a little unnerved when they move in with just a single bag between them. Where are their belongings?

When Brooke asks Oliver about his past, he quickly changes the subject. Her best friend tells her to leave it, after all Brooke has been through enough trauma in her life. But Brooke can’t shake off the feeling that something isn’t right. Why aren’t her new tenants’ names listed anywhere online?

Then Brooke arrives home to find orange flames dancing in the upstairs windows. As her whole life goes up in smoke, she is convinced it wasn’t an accident. And when she finds Finley drawing a picture of an angry burning house with terror in his eyes, her blood runs cold. What is Finley so frightened of? And why does Oliver snatch the drawing away the moment he sees it?

Brooke is convinced Finley is in serious danger, but given her past, she’s not sure anyone will believe her. Is Brooke ready to face up to her own demons to save the little boy? And when the truth is finally revealed, who is really the one in danger?

The New Family is an addictive psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming, perfect for fans of The Wife, The Silent Patient and Lisa Jewell.

About the author

Victoria Jenkins is an English tutor and former secondary school teacher from South Wales who has been writing for years and day-dreaming about becoming a ‘proper’ writer for the past decade. She have an MA in Creative and Media Writing from the University of Wales, Swansea, where she wrote a lot of poetry while planning a lot of plots she hoped she would once day write. Victoria lives in South Wales with her husband.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/victoriajenkinswriter/Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicwritescrimeInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/vicwritescrime/

Links to buy

Amazon: https://geni.us/B09H7MZ83Ysocial Apple: http://ow.ly/AMib50GhJtR Kobo: http://ow.ly/MpKn50GhJs6 Google: http://ow.ly/n4du50GhJCS

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Blog Tour – Psychopaths Anonymous by Will Carver

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

Blurb

When AA meetings make her want to drink more, alcoholic murderess Maeve sets up a group for psychopaths.
Maeve has everything. A high-powered job, a beautiful home, a string of uncomplicated one-night encounters. She’s also an addict: a functioning alcoholic with a dependence on sex and an insatiable appetite for killing men.
When she can’t find a support group to share her obsession, she creates her own. And Psychopaths Anonymous is born. Friends of Maeve.
Now in a serious relationship, Maeve wants to keep the group a secret. But not everyone in the group adheres to the rules, and when a reckless member raises suspicions with the police, Maeve’s drinking spirals out of control. She needs to stop killing. She needs to close the group. But Maeve can’t seem to quit the things that are bad for her, including her new man…

Will Carver returns with the electrifying and original Psychopaths Anonymous, a scathing, violent and darkly funny thriller about love, connection, obsessions and sex – and the aspects of human nature we’d prefer to hide.

My Review

This is not a book I would recommend to my mum or my sweet friend Sally who is of a gentle disposition. This is a book I would recommend however to those of you with a dark sense of humour and who like their fiction to not just cross a boundary but to stomp all over it. This will offend right from the prologue with language and actions that made even me blush and I swear like someone who has just opened flat pack furniture and discovered the instructions are in Japanese.

Maeve won’t be for everyone, I’m not even sure she was for me and I love a female that takes no shit. She is dangerous, disturbing and works in marketing, say no more! Setting up Psychopaths Anonymous/Friends of Maeve I did have to question if this woman was even capable of friendship. Then an even bigger shock she gets in a relationship, and how is she going to keep it when she is hiding who she really is?

It is brutal in it’s sharp observations, it calls out religion and the sex makes fifty shades of grey look like it was written by Mary Whitehouse. (Yes I’m that old). It is graphic in it’s descriptions and yet again Will Carver has worked in a clever social commentary and even though it is pushed to it’s limits you have to admire it for it’s complete originality. Trust me you will never meet another Maeve and if you do I suggest you run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.

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, The Beresford was published in July. His previous title Hinton Hollow Death Trip was longlisted for the Not the Booker Prize, while Nothing Important Happened Today was longlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Good Samaritans was book of the year in Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Express, and hit number one on the ebook charts.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Psychopaths-Detective-Pace-Book-4-ebook/dp/B097PTD87X/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=1RYRM8J38LGEQ&keywords=psychopaths+anonymous+will+carver&qid=1637099368&qsid=259-1532132-0884445&sprefix=psychop%2Caps%2C93&sr=8-1&sres=1913193756%2CB09C72NKCX

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

Blog Tour – The Dublin Railway Murder by Thomas Morris

Thank you to Anne @RandomTTours for my place on the tour and to @HarvillSecker and @vintagebooks for my gifted paperback in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

A thrilling and perplexing investigation of a true Victorian crime at a Dublin railway station.
Dublin, November 1856: George Little, the chief cashier of the Broadstone railway terminus, is found dead, lying in a pool of blood beneath his desk.
He has been savagely beaten, his head almost severed; there is no sign of a murder weapon, and the office door is locked, apparently from the inside. Thousands of pounds in gold and silver are left untouched at the scene of the crime.
Augustus Guy, Ireland’s most experienced detective, teams up with Dublin’s leading lawyer to investigate the murder. But the mystery defies all explanation, and two celebrated sleuths sent by Scotland Yard soon return to London, baffled.
Five suspects are arrested then released, with every step of the salacious case followed by the press, clamouring for answers. But then a local woman comes forward, claiming to know the murderer….
The Dublin Railway Murder tells the story of the extraordinary 1856 murder mystery that gripped a nation – and the sensational trial that followed. Thomas Morris discovered a treasure trove of contemporary documents in the Irish national archives – including original police interviews, surveillance reports and secret government memos, undisturbed for years – that have allowed him to reconstruct the twists and turns of a complex nineteenth-century murder inquiry in unprecedented detail. The Dublin Railway Murder is a fascinating in-depth investigation that reads like a mystery novel.

My Review

I often find that books based on truth can be a bit dry and too laden with facts but I was so intrigued by the locked room aspect I decided to give this one a read. I was pleasantly surprised that this read like a good historical crime fiction and had, not only a murder mystery but a good police procedural and trial too.

It started off with a bleakness of both time and place and I really felt I had stepped back in time to one of the worst periods of poverty so surely money would be the motive for murder. So why then is a vast amount of money left at the crime scene? With political upheaval and corporate fraud being widespread a railway firm would be at risk. Was George Little just unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time or caught up in something dangerous?

Being long before today’s techniques of crime solving could be applied they will have to rely on old fashioned and seemingly eccentric methods like phrenology instead. I found this absolutely fascinating and a bit way out there and was half expecting them to even consider conducting a seance.

One thing that doesn’t seem to have changed is the press and how they could reveal sensitive information but also treat it like it was salacious gossip. Without giving too much away it all seemed to hang on the claims of one woman and it is her own husband she is accusing.

This has obviously been meticulously researched as it shows in the sheer attention to every detail. Knowing this was about the murder of a real person I found that, for me at least, it became more about wanting justice than trying to work out the whodunnit. It seems unjust that the crime became famous while the victim was mostly forgotten and the epilogue was a stark reminder of that and his families subsequent treatment.

About the author

Thomas Morris is a writer and historian. His first book The Matter of the Heart (Bodley Head, 2017), a critically-acclaimed history of cardiac surgery, won a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for non-fiction. He is also the author of The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth (Bantam, 2018). He was previously a BBC radio producer for 18 years, and his freelance journalism has appeared in publications including The Times, The Lancet and the TLS.
@thomasngmorris / http://www.thomas-morris.uk/

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B084RHL87Q/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1636969972&sr=8-1

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

Blog Tour – The Widow by KL Slater

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

My husband was not a monster. No matter what they say…

The day my husband, Michael, stepped in front of a lorry after being questioned by the police, my world fell apart. He was devoted to me and our six-year-old daughter. But they’d connected him to the disappearance of a young mother from our tiny village.

Now I stand at Michael’s funeral, clutching my little girl’s hand, with tears in my eyes as I insist to all our friends that he died an innocent man. Yet the questions have started, and nothing I say will stop them digging for the truth.

But none of them can read the secrets in my heart, or know about the phone I found hidden in his toolbox…

I’m determined that my daughter will not remember her father as a monster. I will erase any hint of wrongdoing in this house whatever the cost.

Because to keep my daughter safe, the last thing I need is for people to start looking at me…

A completely gripping psychological thriller from the author of the number one bestseller The Marriage. If you like Gone Girl, The Girl on The Train and The Wife Between Us then you will love The Widow.

My Review

This was a slightly different read to what I was expecting as the blurb only covers a small part of the story. Instead I found myself reading two parallel tales of two very different men and the women in their lives. One being Michael and the other being a young Polish man called Jakub and the lengths that those women will go to.

In turn it has you pondering loyalty and whether you would put that before doing what you know is right. How far are we willing to go for those we love? Husbands and children being prioritised over the truth.

I really liked the inclusion of the Polish characters, it was an eye opener to see the choices they make on starting a new life in a different country and the burdens that entails. How difficult it is for a young child to leave a place they know as home and all their friends to find themselves viewed as sullen and shunned by their peers.

As for the crime/thriller element I questioned Michael’s guilt throughout but something kept making me think was that because I liked Kate and wanted him to be innocent. He was also written as such a warm and loving family man that I needed that to be true and I was hoping her best friend’s husband was the guilty culprit instead. He was a man that deserved being found guilty, even if it was just for the crime of being a letch and a slimeball.

Another good book from KL Slater with a conclusion that wrapped everything up but maybe not as you are expecting.

About the author

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.

Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.

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Links to buy

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Blog Tour – Missing daughter by Kiersten Modglin

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

When I wake up with the sun in my eyes the morning after my daughter’s birthday party, I know something is very wrong. I go straight to her room but feel a surge of panic when I see an empty bed. Downstairs everything is totally quiet, and the front door is locked. Why didn’t I hear her scream? Who took our little girl?

My husband says I’ve been struggling since Skylar was born and that sometimes I forget things. But I remember every moment of my daughter’s party—including him locking the door after our family and friends left. Yes, we both had a drink and I slept heavily but I know I would have heard my child cry. A good mother always does.

My therapist says I need to stand up for myself. She wants me to confront my husband about the woman I heard him talking to the other night when he thought I was asleep. And about the child’s toy that I found that does not belong to Skylar. Is he hiding something?

But as the hours race by I soon realize I was totally wrong about everything that happened that night. I thought I’d put my past behind me long ago but I was wrong. All I know is this: I’ll do whatever it takes to save my child.

Will you believe me?

A heart-pounding, unbelievably twisty psychological thriller that will have you sleeping with the light on! Fans of Gone Girl, Behind Closed Doors and The Stepdaughter will be utterly gripped.

My Review

I never know what to expect with a Kiersten Modglin book. Her plots are always so varied as are the settings, but I know one thing will always be there and that’s a twist that shakes me to my core and makes me question my ability as not only an amateur sleuth but as a reader.

This time it’s a family setting and the protagonist is Ginny, whose daughter Skylar has gone missing the morning after her birthday party. From the start her reliability is brought into question as she appears to be suffering from post natal depression that has never left. She wants the connection or motherly bond that she expected and feels like an outsider in her own family. Her daughter choosing to bond with her husband Cameron instead.

On a day out to the park Ginny meets Alex who is there with her niece. Finding out she is a therapist she persuades her to take her on as a client. Crossing professional boundaries is never a good idea and this automatically had me shouting at my kindle “RED FLAG!!!”

Narrated by Ginny and Cameron we see both perspectives of their family life but I never quite trust what I’m reading with this author so my spidey senses are always on full alert for red herrings and unreliability. Never trust a con artist and Kiersten is Queen of the cons.

Ginny, especially her mindset was brilliantly written and I think a lot of mothers will resonate with her feelings towards her daughter. Cameron I wasn’t sure about from the offset but that may be because my emotions were already tied up with Ginny and making sure she had at least my support.

Although I did get the who, I think the author had planned it that way, it still left the why and this was, yet again, another clever book from an author who has now become an addiction.

About the author

Kiersten Modglin is an Amazon top-30 bestselling author of award-winning psychological thrillers and a member of International Thriller Writers. Kiersten lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and their two Boston Terriers: Cedric and Georgie. She is best known for her unpredictable suspense and her readers have dubbed her ‘The Queen of Twists.’ A Netflix addict, Shonda Rhimes super-fan, psychology fanatic, and indoor enthusiast, Kiersten enjoys rainy days spent with her nose in a book.

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Links to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Missing-Daughter-gripping-psychological-heart-stopping-ebook/dp/B098FHX7VH/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_nodl?crid=3FW21XP82L8KR&keywords=missing+daughter&qid=1636617943&qsid=259-1532132-0884445&sprefix=missing+da%2Caps%2C75&sr=8-1&sres=B098FHX7VH%2CB07JGFFB5K%2CB07DHVWTMP%2CB07BSCVWMV%2CB08MFM8857%2C1529125669%2CB09KDZQGZN%2CB08KWPKCG6%2CB07ZS1KXKF%2CB08QMYPN84%2C0241434998%2CB089XWD216%2CB079YXDPRY%2C0241503582&srpt=ABIS_EBOOKS

Audible:

UK: zpr.io/D4pfP7MBbkRF

US: zpr.io/QJa6KTR7HhS9

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Blog Tour – The Replacement by Melanie Golding

Thanks to Sian @HQstories for my place on the tour and ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

When a small child is found wandering alone, the local shopkeepers call the authorities immediately. Twenty minutes later, the girl’s mother turns up, panicked and distraught. It doesn’t take long to clear things up, and mother and daughter are soon reunited and sent on their way.

Miles away, the body of a man is discovered, floating in a bathtub, but the most surprising discovery of all is that he isn’t dead. Despite his injuries, he is very much alive.

Two seemingly unrelated events. But as DS Harper begins to investigate, disturbing truths start to come to light that connect the man to the mother and child, and suddenly it’s not clear where the danger truly lies. Harper must find out, and quickly. Because someone, or something, is closing in and she needs to uncover the truth before it’s too late…

Weaving together the trademark folklore inspiration that readers loved in Little Darlings, with the procedural narrative force of a brilliant mystery, this is the excellent and unnerving new novel from Melanie Golding.

My Review

This is when it pays to read the entire blurb. I thought I was getting a thriller, and having not read the author’s previous book, was surprised when it started to blur into realms of fantasy and folklore with tales of Selkies.

While that is a whole genre I tend to avoid, it played its part well in the story and with the mysteries involving water in one way or another it gave a different and almost surreal depth to what was going on.

For me the one real grounding that I had with this book was DS Harper and while her feet seemed to be firmly on solid ground the involvement of a family member made her foundations start to resemble sand and with the tide rushing in the pace did not let up for a minute as it became a race against the clock.

Not only a genre blend this takes two seemingly unconnected events and the author cleverly hooks you in to both. A different take on a thriller and from now on I won’t be so quick to rule out certain styles from my reading material.

About the author

Melanie Golding took the MA in Creative Writing program at Bath Spa University, and has recently completed work on a PhD which examines the use of folklore in contemporary thrillers. In recent years she has won and been shortlisted in several local and national short story competitions, which have been chosen to be recorded as podcasts by the Leicester-based festival Story City, and to be performed at both the regular Stroud Short Stories event and their special ‘best of’ event at Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Melanie has had a varied working life, including working as a teacher in prisons, young offender’s units and residential schools for children with special educational needs. Her first novel, Little Darlings, became an ebook bestseller and has been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the team behind the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel.

Link to pre order out 11th of November

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