Blog Tour – We live next door by Laura 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

You think you know the people next door… What if they know you better?

I always dreamed of moving back home to Ridgeview Pines, with its white fences and sloping lawns. I wish it had happened under different circumstances, but now I’m here I feel safe and ready for a fresh start with my little family.

The first thing I do every morning is pick up my phone and check The Neighbor List—our local message board. Maybe the people next door know a little too much about where their neighbors are and what they’re doing, but it’s safer that way, isn’t it? And my husband—he wouldn’t dare sneak behind my back with so many eyes watching.

Just when I’m beginning to relax, a woman I’ve known since I was small is found dead on the white tiles of her bathroom floor. I watch messages of condolence flood my screen. No one else suspects a thing.

But I know that among all these friendly people, watching out for one another, someone knows more than they’re sharing. And I wonder—how far back do they remember, and who’s next?

An utterly gripping psychological thriller that will keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door, The Woman in the Window and Behind Closed Doors.

My Review

Is it wrong that I take such pleasure in watching lovely neighbourhoods shed their perfect image and reveal their true underbelly of murder and dastardly goings on?

We all know of the neighbourhood apps where people post everything from lost cats, local events and general busybody moaning. In this book it’s called The Neighbour List and Jessica the protagonist starts receiving some strange messages that then disappear, after the death of notorious resident moaner Barbara Draper.

With the police ruling it a tragic accident, Jessica is not so sure after witnessing things that didn’t seem quite right. Although her narration isn’t entirely reliable, she doesn’t trust her husband, her real estate friend Bree, her mother, babysitter or any of her neighbours. Except, rather conveniently, the new hunk on the street who has just moved in to refurbish and flip a house.

Moving back to her childhood house brings a familiarity to the neighbourhood and the neighbours that live there. However, maybe Jessica doesn’t know them as well as she thinks and that her own family isn’t so perfect either.

This is a classic whodunnit with a great cast of suspects and I had pegged nearly all of them at some point. There is just the right amount of sinister goings on and it has that almost horror movie quality where you are screaming at the protagonist not to be so stupid. Some good twists and one that I really wasn’t expecting were perfectly executed and changed my suspicions. Did I guess correctly? Well let’s just say I won’t be picking up a detective badge any time soon.

About the author

Laura Wolfe’s fascination with things that go bump in the night probably stems from having watched too many scary movies when she was younger. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. Laura enjoys living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, son, and daughter. She can often be found hiking through local nature trails, eating vegetarian food, or doting on her rescue dog.

Website: https://www.laurawolfebooks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LauraWolfeBooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LauraWolfeBooks

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Book Review – The story of our secrets by Shari Low 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Laura @BoldwoodBooks for my ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Colm O’Flynn was loved by his close circle of family and friends, however his death came too soon for everyone to make peace with their past.

Shauna, his second wife, adored him. But one night she broke their marriage vows, and didn’t get time to ask Colm’s forgiveness.

Jess was the first Mrs O’Flynn. Her heart is set on someone new, but will the last one night stand she shared with Colm come back to haunt her? 

Colm’s best friend, Dan, is recently divorced. Can he take a second shot at happiness if it means betraying the one person who always had his back?

What no-one knows is that somewhere out there Colm left messages that could set them free to start over again.

Can divine intervention help them find Colm’s last wishes before it’s too late to love again?

My Review

A book this sad has no right to be this funny. Shari is a new author to me and after managing to push all my buttons, including my big red one for sarcasm and dry wit, she is now firmly on my author radar.

Colm knows he doesn’t have much time after being given a terminal diagnosis, so while in hospital he decides to make some video messages on his phone for his loved ones. Just a pity he never got round to mentioning this rather important fact.

Fast forward five years and his widow Shauna is on the floor with a glass of Prosecco watching her soapy knickers go round in the washing machine until his first wife Jess visits unannounced and decides to make her and their mutual friend Dan her new pet projects for her psychology dissertation. Poor Dan is a mess due to their other friend Lulu trading him in for a richer version.

Oh this group of friends were just brilliant and totally my sort of people. All completely different but just as important to the group dynamic. However, if you were to twist my arm and make me tell you my favourite it would have to be Lulu. She’s something else, shameless, smart mouthed and a bit of a hussy. But written to be so damn likeable and the verbal sparring between her and Jess was just top notch.

There’s a few mentions in the book of the film P.S I love you. I have both read that book and watched the film and dare I say it but this is actually better. I think the characters are more relatable and the storyline more realistic. I mean come on, we all know men would do a phone video rather than write a soppy letter! We also know they would forget to mention it along with not knowing where their keys and wallets are.

About the author

In January 2021, Shari Low celebrated 20 years as a best selling novelist. In that time, she has published over 25 books, including A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, Temptation Street, My One Month Marriage, One Day In Summer and her non-fiction collection of parenthood memories, Because Mummy Said So. In late 2020, her first novel, What If? (originally published in 2001) was updated and re-released and became a best seller. In January 2021, the sequel, What Now? was released and joined What If? on the best-seller charts. In real life, once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband and a labradoodle. Her two teenagers have now left home, so she spends an inordinate amount of time on video calls checking if they’re eating well and keeping up to date with their laundry. For all the latest news, visit Shari on Facebook, twitter, instagram or at http://www.sharilow.com

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Book club book review – Find you first by Linwood Barclay

Blurb

One will change your life. One will end it.
Who will … FIND YOU FIRST?

‘The best book of his career’ STEPHEN KING
‘Insanely paced, wildly entertaining’ JOE HILL
‘A full-throttle powerhouse of a thriller’ T.M. LOGAN
‘Sharply drawn’ SUNDAY TIMES
‘Keeps the engine racing’ THE TIMES

It’s a deadly race against time…

Tech billionaire Miles has more money than he can ever spend, but he can’t buy more time. Diagnosed with a terminal illness, he is forced to take a long, hard look at his past.

Somewhere out there, Miles has children who don’t know it, but they might be about to inherit the good and bad from him – possibly his fortune, or possibly something more sinister.

So, Miles decides to track them down. But a lethal killer is one step ahead of him. One by one, people are vanishing. Not just disappearing, every trace of them is wiped.

My Review

This was an absolute blast from start to finish. With the intrepid Chloe as the protagonist along with the help of “new father” Miles it’s a race against time for them to find their biological relatives before a pair of hitmen or should I say hit persons find them first.

This has fantastic characters on both sides of the spectrum. From good guys Chloe, Miles and Travis to my personal favourites the hired hitmen, who really reminded me of the pair in The Umbrella Academy, the seedy Jeremy and the supremely entitled Caroline.

Not only is this a cat and mouse chase it is also thought provoking around sperm donation, the nature vs nurture debate, dna and playing god using human beings as test subjects.

While I had worked out most of the reveals there was a nice shocker that I didn’t suspect at all. None of it detracted from my enjoyment and it was perfectly wrapped up at the end in a fun and action packed finale.

This was my first book by this author and judging by this it will be the first of many.

About the author

Linwood Barclay is an international bestselling crime and thriller author with over twenty critically acclaimed novels to his name, including the phenomenal number one bestseller No Time For Goodbye. Every Linwood Barclay book is a masterclass in characterisation, plot and the killer twist, and with sales of over 7 million copies globally, his books have been sold in more than 39 countries around the world and he can count Stephen King, Shari Lapena and Peter James among his many fans. Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, and Linwood wrote the screenplay for the film based on his bestselling novel Never Saw It Coming. He is currently working with eOne to turn the Promise Falls trilogy into a series. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he’s lived there ever since. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children. Visit Linwood Barclay at http://www.linwoodbarclay.com or find him on Twitter at @linwood barclay.

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Blog Tour – The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling

Thank you to Isabelle at Headline Eternal for my place on the tour and gifted paperback in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

‘You broke my heart, Rhys Penhallow. And we curse you. You and your whole stupid, hot line.’

Vivienne Jones handled the biggest break-up of her life the way that any witch would: vodka, bubble baths, and a curse on her ex.

That was nine years ago. Now Rhys Penhallow, descendant of the town’s founders, breaker of hearts and still irritatingly gorgeous, is back. Rhys has returned to the quaint town of Graves Glen to recharge the ley lines and make an appearance at the annual fall festival. But when his every move results in calamity, Vivi realises that hexing her ex might not have been so harmless after all . . .

As the curse starts to affect the magic of the town, resulting in murderous wind-up toys, an outraged ghost, and a surprisingly talkative cat, Vivi and Rhys must put their personal feelings aside and work together to break the curse and save not just the town, but also Rhys’s life.

My Review

Imagine Hocus Pocus mixed with a little Practical Magic and some steamy romance added just for good measure and you have the magical potion of The Ex Hex.

Lovers to enemies Vivienne and Rhys find themselves back in the same town, nine years after a bad breakup, for Founders Day where Rhys will recharge the ley lines. But with Rhys’ magic having gone all strange and weird they have to put aside their feelings and work together to save the town.

The quaint small town setting absolutely made this book for me along with some fabulous characters, especially Sir Purrcival the chatty cat whose favourite word seems to be dickhead and the smouldering, sexy Welsh witch Rhys.

But it is Vivienne who is the star of the show and their wonderful chemistry and banter was pure magic. Will these lovers turn enemies turn back into lovers or will the hex mean he is doomed to never again find a clitoris? Yes it’s that sort of book!

A light, fun read with a little smut and a lot of trouble. This was enjoyable from the start and what a perfect time of year to read about witches and magic.

About the author

Erin Sterling also writes as Rachel Hawkins, the New York Times bestselling author of multiple books for young readers. Her work has been sold in more than a dozen countries. She studied gender and sexuality in Victorian literature at Auburn University and currently lives in Alabama.

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Buddy read book review – The only child by Miranda Rijks

Read via kindle unlimited. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

One little boy. One little lie. Where will it end?

Chantal and Stuart are a golden couple. She’s a high-flying divorce lawyer dealing with the biggest case of her career, and he’s the darling of daytime television, on the cusp of A-list celebrity. Their seventeen-year old son Alex is a passionate environmentalist, the apple of his mother’s eye.

And it’s all built on a lie.

A lie told by Chantal.

When someone discovers her secret and starts to blackmail her, Chantal’s perfect life threatens to go into freefall. Her marriage, her career, and even her relationship with her son are at stake. She can’t let it happen!

She decides to fight fire with fire, but soon finds her actions have extreme – and unexpected – consequences. As she is pulled ever deeper into a web of lies and deceit, she has to ask the most terrifying question of all…

Where will it end?

The Only Child – the stunning psychological thriller from the best-selling author of The Visitors and The Arrangement.

My Review

This made for a really interesting buddy read with plenty of points for good discussion. Ethical dilemmas brought in to the equation as Chantal’s new client is everything her environmentalist son disapproves of. It’s exceptionally current with all that is going on regarding climate change and with extinction rebellion making daily news over their protests.

For the first three quarters of the book many questions were raised (not all of them answered and I will get on to that later). It was gripping and had lots of misdirection and red herrings, which is everything I like in a thriller. The characters were written well and given just enough edge to have you asking yourself is it them? Most are 50/50 so you really do distrust the majority of them. Some seem too good to be true while others seem so dodgy it makes them too obvious.

There is blackmail, affairs, debt, drug use, secrets, lies, and the desperation behind wanting a child that will drive you to depths beyond comprehension. It may seem like there is too much going on but really it all revolves around Alex and even he doesn’t know the truth.

Now this is where my review changes as the book took a sudden nose dive towards the end. One major incident that was made a big deal of was never answered and that is still driving me nuts. Then we come on to the ending and all I can say is what on earth was that about? Now I get what the author was trying to do but again it is frustrating and although completely unexpected, for me it just didn’t sit right. This was a solid 4 star read until the last bit of the book and unfortunately those issues dropped it down to a three for me.

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Book Review – Christmas in peach tree bluff by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Thank you to Gallery books for my ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

In the newest installment of New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey’​s Peachtree Bluff series, three generations of the Murphy women must come together when a hurricane threatens to destroy their hometown—and the holiday season in the process.

When the Murphy women are in trouble, they always know they can turn to their mother, Ansley. So when eldest daughter Caroline and her husband, James, announce they are divorcing—and fifteen-year-old daughter Vivi acts out in response—Caroline, at her wits end, can’t think of anything to do besides leave her with Ansley in Peachtree Bluff for the holidays. After all, how much trouble can one teenager get into on a tiny island?

Quite a lot, as it turns out.

As the “storm of the century” heads toward Peachtree Bluff, Ansley and her husband, Jack, with Vivi in tow, are grateful they’re planning to leave for the trip of a lifetime. But Vivi’s recklessness forces the trio to shelter in place during the worst hurricane Peachtree has ever seen. With no power, no provisions, and the water rising, the circumstances become dire very quickly…and the Murphy sisters, who evacuated to New York, soon realize it’s up to them to conduct a rescue mission. With the bridges closed and no way to access Peachtree Bluff by land or air, they set sail on Caroline’s boat, The Starlite Sisters, determined to rebuild their beloved town—as well as their family.

In “pitch perfect tones” (Publishers Weekly) and written with her signature Southern charm, New York Times bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey explores the magic of Christmas, the power of forgiveness, and the importance of family in a tale that reminds us that, no matter the circumstances, home is always where we belong—especially during the holidays.

My Review

It is so very me to start a series on book 4.

Luckily this read perfectly well as a stand alone with the author kindly adding little snippets of the character’s back stories to clue me in.

This is family and community oriented and it is as funny as it is charming with all the characters coming together to rally round. Whether that’s over wine to be there through personal difficulties, to brace for a hurricane (that Ansley swears will not happen) or simply to pass a coffee to its rightful owner.

Now I am English but unless you’ve been living under a rock you will probably have heard of Southern charm and manners. Where everyone is respectful and family is of high importance. I loved the television series Hart of Dixie and this encapsulated the same wonderful features.

With Vivi acting like the devil incarnate after her parents split and her mum Caroline close to breaking point, maybe a break to Peachtree bluff and being surrounded by loving family will be just what they need. From a teenage tornado to a full blown hurricane this family will need to pull together to save what really matters.

Narrated by Ansley, her daughters Sloane, Caroline, Emerson and granddaughter Vivi. Each character having their own stories running parallel to the main story. The author writes as easily from the view of a grandmother as she does a stroppy self absorbed oh woe is me the world is ending teenager.

This has drama, comedy, romance and characters that will hook you in. The writing flows beautifully and I became so absorbed in the story I was sad to reach the end.

About the author

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Under the Southern Sky, Feels Like Falling, and The Peachtree Bluff series. A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism, her writing has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Southern Living, Traditional Home, USA TODAY, Domino, and O. Henry. Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize. Her work has been optioned for film and television, and her books have received numerous accolades including Southern Living‘s Most Anticipated Beach Reads, Parade‘s Big Fiction Reads, and Entertainment Weekly‘s Spring Reading Picks. Kristy is the cocreator and cohost of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction. She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic, and loves connecting with fans on KristyWoodsonHarvey.com. She lives on the North Carolina coast with her husband and son where she is (always!) working on her next novel.

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The Woman On The Pier by BP Walter

Thank you to OneMoreChapter_ for my ebook via NetGalley in exchange for review. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Two strangers meet on the pier

Only one walks away…

Screenwriter Caroline Byrne is desperate to know why her daughter Jessica died, murdered in Stratford when she was supposed to be at a friend’s in Somerset.

When Caroline discovers the messages Jessica had been sending a boy named Michael, she realises it’s because of him. Because he failed to meet her that day.

He’s the reason why her daughter is dead.

And so she makes a choice. He’s the one who’s going to pay.

That is her promise. Her price.

My Review

I read this as part of the #omcreadalong #omcthrillathon over four days. Being completely transparent I did not particularly enjoy the author’s last book The Dinner Guest and found it to be, well a bit snobby if I’m honest and the characters were eurgh and just made me feel a bit icky and not in a good way. Willing to give the author a second chance and thinking the premise sounded good I got stuck in.

Well if I didn’t particularly like the last one it was nothing compared to how I felt with this one. I felt like I had been fraudulently deceived as the majority of the book was about their awful marriage and I think the author had googled trigger topics and then crammed as many in as possible. The characters were awful and I couldn’t even sympathise with Caroline over the loss of her daughter as she had no redeeming or likeable qualities to her.

Then we get on to my issue with snobbery, now I’ve just finished another book where a character was incredibly affluent but it came across in a much better way. Here it just rubbed me up the wrong way. I mean she goes to a hotel and doesn’t like the size of the television so she goes to a store and buys a 55 inch £3,000 Sony OLED and thinks nothing of it. Now Caroline does herself consider that she may be a snob like her mother but the way the author writes the so called poorer characters and the fact this is the second book that made me feel this way, makes me wonder if the author actually thinks that’s how people are.

Then there was the glaring error of deaths, on chapter five the death toll was 37 and by chapter 21 the final death toll had increased to 27. Yeah work that out! If it was down to timeline do not put final in the figures as it is just confusing when no dates are added. Now I know that these are possibly uncorrected copies but they had surely at least seen a proofreader and for something that serious it’s important you get it right.

If this hadn’t been a readalong it would have been a dnf and I am reluctant to recommend it. I won’t be tagging the author in this review as there may be others who will enjoy it. Unfortunately it just wasn’t for me.

Blog Tour – The Guilty Sister by Arianne Richmonde 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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

My sister is missing. And the police think I’m to blame.

We haven’t always seen eye to eye, but I do love my sister Cece. She’s confident and free-spirited in a way I never am. And while she’s living her life to the full and posting it all over social media, I’m having early nights in my tiny New York apartment.

I didn’t mean to keep her a secret from my boyfriend, Bradley. But when he found out about her and I caught him scrolling through her pictures online, I knew I had to act before she ruined my life once again.

When the police come knocking at my door, I instantly regret wishing Cece would leave my life for good.

I didn’t want her to vanish forever, did I?

If you enjoy gripping psychological thrillers like The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and The Wife Between Us, you will love this totally addictive novel from a USA Today bestselling author.

My Review

I have been fascinated by mirror twins since reading Her fearful symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Here the author takes twins that are mirror images in looks but their personalities couldn’t be more different. But what happens when a man comes between two young women who have only ever had each other?

The book starts with Sara being questioned by detectives over the disappearance of her sister Cecelia/Cece and then goes back and forth. Switching between first and third person with multiple narrators including neighbour Mrs Scott, Bradley and an unknown narrator known only as The Watcher. If this sounds confusing don’t worry as the author is an absolute pro and makes each voice so distinct it’s really easy to follow.

The main narrator is Sara, she is the essence of all that is pure and good. A creative soul living in New York and caring for a disabled dog. She is slow to trust and open up and has avoided any romantic connections but then she meets Bradley…,

When something seems too good to be true then it normally is. Bradley is good looking, exceedingly affluent and besotted with Sara. But appearances can be deceptive and deception is the absolute core of this book. Nobody is who they appear to be and this is one twisted, mind messing read that is so intriguing you have to know. Who is good? Who is bad? What really happened?

I thoroughly enjoyed the author’s last book but this is something else entirely. You might even think you have worked it out with little clues left along the way, but you haven’t. The characters are all so interesting that a psychologist would have an absolute field day with any one of them on their couch. This is a first-rate thriller and a master class on duplicity and trickery and one I would highly recommend.

About the author

Arianne Richmonde is a half British, half American, USA TODAY bestselling author, who lives in France with her husband and four-legged family. Surrounded by vineyards and sunflower fields in an old stone farmhouse they restored, she fills her days creating twisty novels full of suspense and intrigue. When she isn’t writing she loves to travel, especially to warm, exotic countries, all in the name of research. She used to be an actress so likes nothing more than to immerse herself in the minds and lives of her characters.

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Blog Tour – Twelve Days to Save Christmas by Elizabeth Neep

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

Blurb

On the first day of Christmas, my true love… dumped me.

Poppy loves Christmas and always goes all out to make this magical time of the year extra special for her boyfriend George. But George is strangely not in the Yuletide spirit this year. As Poppy wrestles him into her Christmas jumper built for two for a holiday snapshot, she finds out why.

He’s leaving her. With only twelve days to spend together until Christmas.

Poppy is heartbroken. George is the love of her life, and what would Christmas be without kisses under the mistletoe, his mum’s delicious homemade gingerbread or their super-competitive games of Pictionary?

She’s determined to win George back. So, anxious to prove to him she can be spontaneous, she signs up as a Christmas volunteer at the local community centre. What she doesn’t know is that there’s a festive surprise coming her way…

As Poppy throws herself into her new role – mulling vats of hot cider and hanging fairy lights off everything within reach – she discovers an inner strength she never knew she had. And there’s also Theo. Her new boss. Grumpy and opinionated, he’s everything she doesn’t want.

But as the snow starts to fall, she begins to notice other things about him – like his twinkling green eyes, how he makes her laugh, and how much he cares about the people he’s trying to help.

As the twelfth day approaches, Poppy might be about to discover that the most perfect Christmas might be the one that she didn’t plan at all…

Fans of One Day in December, Beth O’Leary and Mhairi McFarlane will be completely enchanted by this witty and warm festive story about friendship, love and finding yourself.

My Review

Oh Poppy, Poppy, Poppy! Bless her Christmassy little heart but wow did I want to shake her like a snowglobe and shout HE’S NOT WORTH IT!!!

Stuck in a Christmas jumper for two, on her own after being dumped by George for being needy, Poppy decides to do something about it and not only get a life but win him back in the process.

I loved the countdown chapter headings and how they fit in with both Christmas and Poppy’s new adventures. But what I enjoyed the most was Poppy’s self discovery and her evolving from being a clingy Alice Cooper mess to an independent woman.

George I detested from the start and there were so many red flags that I wanted to stick him in an arena with a few bulls. But with new found friends and a community centre full of heart this year Poppy will discover what Christmas is really about.

This is not an ordinary romcom, sure it has its funny moments but at its heart it’s a story about a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her and then realising he’s not all that and she can do better. Girl you had me at Christmas jumper!

About the author

Elizabeth Neep was born in 1990 in Derbyshire and now lives in London Bridge. After studying Law at the University of Nottingham and the University of New South Wales, she worked in magazine journalism, most noticeably writing for Dazed and Confused and PETRIe. Elizabeth now works as a non-fiction Senior Commissioning Editor and writes and paints in her spare time.

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Blog Tour – First Girl To Die by Helen Phifer 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to Noelle @bookouture for my place on the tour and to the author for my gifted paperback. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Morgan shudders as she leans out of the window and takes in the familiar blonde curls and clear blue eyes of the fallen girl below. She knows this woman, and she realises with sickening certainty that her friend is now gone forever…

When Detective Morgan Brookes is called to the scene of a suicide, she’s devastated to recognise the young teacher sprawled out on the grass like a broken doll. She hasn’t seen Brittany for years. Not since the tragic death of Morgan’s high-school boyfriend ripped their friendship group apart. But when witnesses describe Brittany’s erratic behaviour and jumbled speech that morning, Morgan is convinced the fearless, life-loving girl she once knew didn’t jump of her own accord.

Traces of poison found in Brittany’s blood prove Morgan’s theory right, but no one can find the source. Then Morgan uncovers a distinctive jar in Brittany’s home filled with toxic herbs, and the sight of it turns her blood to ice. She has a jar just like it, a handmade gift from her aunt. Is this a coincidence, a set-up, or could the only person she’s ever trusted with her damaged past be capable of murder?

Then another woman from Morgan’s past is found, close to the scene of that fatal teenage party. Has Morgan been looking at this all wrong? Are these deaths connected to that deadly night? And how could someone from her own family possibly be involved?

With her aunt’s freedom and more innocent lives at stake, Morgan must dig deep into her painful memories for answers. Who else was there that night, and what exactly did they see? She must stop this twisted killer before any more of her old friends become new victims – but at what cost?

An absolutely heart-stopping and unputdownable crime thriller, perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Lisa Regan and Rachel Abbott.

My Review

You will have to excuse what is now going to be a complete gush fest over this book (sorry not sorry).

I love Detective Morgan Brookes and while this is a standalone story read from book 1 people as the whole series is just bloody fantastic. Morgan is yet again facing murders a little too close to home and feeling like she should change her name to Officer Death. This time it’s Brittany, an old friend from school who they didn’t quite get to in time before she threw herself out of a window at the primary school, where she worked as a teacher. To make matters worse when Morgan and her boss Ben went to inform Brittany’s father he dropped down dead from a heart attack.

Before you know it the bodies start multiplying and Morgan could give Jessica Fletcher a run for her money, as all the victims are well known to her and seem to be connected to an incident from years ago. With the victims all acting strange before their deaths it seems Morgan’s long lost Aunt and her herbal tea remedies could be to blame. It’s up to Morgan to prove her innocence but that could end up putting her in danger’s path AGAIN!

With the aunt’s pet Raven, her herbs and the police assuming guilt, the author cleverly made it into a witch hunt and with Halloween just around the corner it couldn’t have been more perfect. I agree with Amy what an absolute legend.

It was great to have all the regulars back including Declan the pathologist and with poisoning being suspected he finally gets the chance to really shine and have his own little Scooby Doo moment.

I really don’t want this series to end and I’m hoping that as Ben has messed up there is plenty more yet to come. I want them so badly to get together but I also dread the day they do in case it brings closure for both Morgan and the books.

About the author

Helen Phifer’s love of reading began with Enid Blyton, before progressing on to Laura Ingals Wilder and scaring herself with Stephen King. If she can’t write for any particular reason she finds herself getting itchy fingers and really irritable. She loves reading as much as writing and is also very fond of chocolate, Prosecco, The Lake District, New York, white Zinfandel wine, her children and grandchildren, her friends, porn star martini cocktails, Stephen King, watching scary films, Marilyn Monroe, Melissa McCarthy, Idris Elba, Simon Baker, Spandau Ballet, The Munsters and coffee. In no particular order.

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