BLOG TOUR- The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Izzy @HQStories for my copy and place on the tour.

Blurb

Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people, though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible.

All of that changes when a mysterious book arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her grandmother Zelda, who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.

My Review

This is a delightful little book on family relationships with a sweet little mystery at its centre.

Martha is a people pleaser who just can’t say no. After years spent caring for her parents and the subsequent loss of them both, Martha is struggling with her identity.

Her father was controlling and her mother very much the subservient housewife but her grandmother Zelda was a wilful rebellious force who encouraged Martha’s creative side ( a vision always dressed in turquoise) she was a very big influence on a young Martha.

I loved the very real characters of this book and the whimsical story of the book of fairytales and the mystery behind its appearance. But the real joy for me was the fairytale inclusions scattered throughout the story. They really brought added depth and charm.

About the Author

Phaedra Patrick studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organiser and communications manager. Her short stories have won competitions run by Penguin and Darley Anderson and she now writes full time. She lives in Saddleworth with her husband and son.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Library-Lost-Found-Phaedra-Patrick-ebook/dp/B07HN9WZFP

After the end by Clare Mackintosh – off the scale star rating

I was very fortunate to be part of this wonderful group and get a special advanced copy. Thank you to Clare and her publishers, all opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they’re facing the most important decision of their lives – and they don’t agree.

As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again.

My Review

I have loved Clare’s books since I pressed I let you go into my mums hands and said you need to read this. It was the first time I had ever had to re read a whole chapter as I thought I had read it wrong.

After the end is a complete change of genre but utterly as compelling.

This book is everything , and I don’t say that lightly. The writing, the story, the characters , all are tender and heartbreaking in equal measure.

I loved that the story is not only split into before and after but also has a sliding doors split with both outcomes being told in parallel.

This is not an easy read and I imagine not an easy write either. The raw grief captured so well and so personally.

Your heart goes out to both Pip and Max in equal measure. It made it impossible to pick a side, which I had thought I would. As a mum myself I cannot imagine the heartbreak but hope I would make the decision best for my child.

This is the only book that has ever made me cry. So all I have left to say is

I am broken…….

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/After-End-Clare-Mackintosh-ebook/dp/B07JB46DNL

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary – 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Blurb

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. 

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

My Review

Tiffy is quirky and adorable ( if you loved Lou from me before you, Tiffy will fill that gap and more) . Leon is a genuinely nice bloke who is just a little reserved and prefers the company of the terminally ill.

I loved how their story developed through post it notes and observations of mugs, trainers and dresses hung on wardrobes. It’s amazing what you can learn about someone without having ever met them just by the little clues they leave behind.

Add in some other eccentric characters and a will they won’t they and you get a joy of a read.

This is a charming, sweet delight of a book. It’s a mug of hot tea on a rainy day.

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About the author

Beth studied English at university before she started working in children’s book publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being in reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.

She is now writing novels full time, and if she’s not at her desk, you’ll usually find her curled up somewhere with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather).

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Flatshare-Beth-OLeary-ebook/dp/B07DCZ7LM4

BLOG TOUR – Sunday girl by Pip Drysdale 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to Anne Cater #RandomThing Tours for the e book and my place on the tour

Blurb

The Girl on the Train meets Before I Go to Sleep in this chilling tale of love gone horribly wrong …

Some love affairs change you forever. Someone comes into your orbit and swivels you on your axis, like the wind working on a rooftop weather vane. And when they leave, as the wind always does, you are different; you have a new direction. And it’s not always north.” 

Any woman who’s ever been involved with a bad, bad man and been dumped will understand what it feels like to be broken, broken-hearted and bent on revenge. Taylor Bishop is hurt, angry and wants to destroy Angus Hollingsworth in the way he destroyed her: ‘Insidiously. Irreparably. Like a puzzle he’d slowly dissembled … stolen a couple of pieces from, and then discarded, knowing that nobody would ever be able to put it back together ever again.’ 

So Taylor consults The Art of War and makes a plan. Then she takes the next irrevocable step – one that will change her life forever. 

Things start to spiral out of her control – and The Sunday Girl becomes impossible to put down.

My Review

When a book starts off with writing as eloquent as “But here’s the thing: in real life, in the sphere of true human existence, theory holds an old quill pen, while a broken heart wields a gun. No competition, really.” I knew I would love it.

But like a horror film where the dumb girl does something you know is stupid , Taylor had me shouting out loud and wanting to throw the book at the wall. I didn’t as I was reading on my kindle .

Angus is (well there are many words for men like him but I will behave) manipulative, controlling , aggressive , passive aggressive and a damn right nasty piece of work . Just the type of character I love to hate.

The pace slowly draws you into the game of cat and mouse , and like a car crash you can’t help but watch the fallout.

The writing is superb and this was very close to 5 stars however I felt the ending was slightly rushed and perhaps wrapped up a little too nicely. I would have preferred a cliffhanger or an ambiguous ending myself but I know most would hate that so I’m probably in the minority.

About the author

Pip Drysdale is a writer, actor and musician who grew up in Africa and Australia. At 20 she moved to New York to study acting, worked in indie films and off-off Broadway theatre, started writing songs and made four records. After graduating with a BA in English, Pip moved to London where she dated some interesting men and played shows across Europe. The Sunday Girl is her first novel and she is working on a second. She currently lives in Australia.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunday-Girl-Pip-Drysdale-ebook/dp/B07MZBJJH9

BLOG TOUR- Keep her close by Erik Therme. 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to Sarah from Books on the Bright Side for my copy and place on the tour.

Blurb

Then:
Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot.
She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter.
What kind of person would abandon their daughter?
Now:
Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family.
But her real father has sent her a letter.
And now Ally is missing. 
 
A gripping twist-filled thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Teresa Driscoll.

My Review

Wow well doesn’t this book grab you by your big Cahoonas and keep twisting until you sound like you are a member of The Bee Gees!

It’s full on right from the start and the pace doesn’t stop until you reach the dramatic conclusion. If you can’t already tell I bl**dy loved it.

As well as a breath stealing plot it has a great cast of well rounded characters, some you will feel empathy for and some will have you pulling your hair out . Can I just say for a bloke he writes angsty teenage girl really well ( please take this as the compliment it’s meant as) .

I thought I had an idea where this was leading but boy was I wrong , well done Sir. It was suspenseful and twisty and can’t wait to read your next one.

About the author

Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found cheering on his youngest daughter’s volleyball team, or watching horror movies with his oldest. He currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa—one of only twenty-eight places in the world that UNESCO has certified as a City of Literature. Join Erik’s mailing list to be notified of new releases and author giveaways: http://eepurl.com/cD1F8L
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Blog Tour-Without a trace by Carissa Ann Lynch. 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My thanks to Anne Cater Random Things Tours and Killer Reads for my copy and turn on the tour.

 Paperback: 380 pages
 Publisher: Killer Reads; Digital original edition (13 Jun. 2019)
 Language: English
 ISBN-10: 0008324514
 ISBN-13: 978-0008324513

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Without-Trace-Carissa-Ann-Lynch-ebook/dp/B07L9LKMGW

 

 

BLURB

Lily’s gone.
Someone took her.
Unless she was she never there…

A little girl has gone missing.

Lily was last seen being tucked into bed by her adoring mother, Nova. But the next morning, the bed is empty except for a creepy toy rabbit.

Has Nova’s abusive ex stolen his “little bunny” back for good?

At first, Officer Ellie James assumes this is a clear custody battle. Until she discovers that there are no pictures of the girl and her drawers are full of unused toys and brand new clothes that have never been worn…

Is Ellie searching for a missing child who doesn’t actually exist?

My Review

I’ve always been a massive fan of the unreliable narrator so imagine my joy to find this has not one , not two but three!!

Told in first person by The mother (Nova), The cop (Ellie) and The neighbour (Clara) you see three different perspectives on the same incident. Who is telling the truth? Who can you trust? They all have pasts that they are not proud of and they’ve all got a reason to distrust men.

I loved all three but Ellie the cop’s chapters were the ones I raced towards. Trying to work out what was going on alongside her.

This is a clever take on domestic crime and I hope the app mentioned is real as it’s a damn good idea. The author has obviously researched this well and it shows in the writing. There are tough subjects broached but it’s been handled with care.

If you want a nail biting read I highly recommend this.

About the author

 Carissa Ann Lynch is a USA Today bestselling author. She resides in Floyds Knobs, Indiana with her husband, children, and collection of books. She’s always loved to read and never considered herself a “writer” until a few years ago when she couldn’t find a book to read and decided to try writing her own story. With a background in psychology, she’s always been a little obsessed with the darker areas of the mind and social problems.

Website : http://www.carissaannlynchnovels.com/

Twitter : @carissaannlynch

Author page on Facebook

I know who you are by Alice Feeney – 2 stars ⭐️⭐️

Blurb

Aimee Sinclair: the actress everyone thinks they know but can’t remember where from. But I know exactly who you are. I know what you’ve done. And I am watching you.

When Aimee comes home and discovers her husband is missing, she doesn’t seem to know what to do or how to act. The police think she’s hiding something and they’re right, she is – but perhaps not what they thought. Aimee has a secret she’s never shared, and yet, she suspects that someone knows. As she struggles to keep her career and sanity intact, her past comes back to haunt her in ways more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.

My Review

I have really struggled with my thoughts on this one. I wanted to love it, the premise sounded really intriguing and I love an unreliable narrator. However I found this bizarre, which is a real shame as the writing is good.

I just couldn’t enjoy it due to things not quite adding up and things being mentioned but then thrown away. As for the ending well it was pretty similar to how I felt about the ending of Lost the series. It all built up to a dramatic conclusion but then went strange and unbelievable and didn’t really make much sense compared to what had come before.

I’m sure I will be in the minority and many will love it. This just wasn’t for me unfortunately.

About the author

Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She spent fifteen years at the BBC where she worked as a reporter, news editor, arts and entertainment producer and One O’clock news producer.

Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her husband and dog.

Her debut novel, Sometimes I Lie, was a New York Times and international bestseller. The book has been sold in over twenty countries and is being made into a TV series by a major film studio. I Know Who You Are is her second novel.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Know-Who-You-Are-ebook/dp/B0744BNG6Y

Someone is lying by Jenny Blackhurst – BLOG TOUR. 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for my place on the tour and to Headline and the author for my copy of the book. All opinions are honest and my own.

Blurb

One year after Erica Spencer trips and falls down a flight of stairs at a lavish Halloween party, the residents of the exclusive gated community where she lived have comes to terms with her death and moved on with their lives.

Until one day, a post on the school’s website announces there will be a podcast to expose what really happened on the night of the accident. Six suspects are named, with the podcaster promising to reveal the murderer by the end of the series.

Everyone in this community has secrets to keep, and one of them is already a killer…

My Review

Having previously loved Jenny’s books I was thrilled to be invited to read this and be part of the tour.

It was like a nostalgic trip to Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives but made current and ramped up with podcasts.

This has everything , scandals, affairs, gossip mongering and a few red herrings to keep you on your toes.

The pace is fast moving and the characters although slightly confusing at first soon become easy to follow and are well rounded and believable.

Set in the gated community of Severn Oaks where they thought they were safe this is as much about the nature of pecking orders and how we all try to fit in . Trying to keep skeletons in the closet, judgemental gossiping neighbours and the masks we wear to keep up appearances even with people we consider friends.

I didn’t work out the “whodunnit ” as every time I thought I had it sussed another podcast revealed more information and a different choice of suspect. This was a really clever use of technology and it helped to show the gap between children and their parents.

If you loved Desperate Housewives I recommend you take a walk and meet the Severn Oaks six.

About the author

Jenny grew up in Shropshire thinking that authors were rock stars and that she needed to get a real job. After being made redundant she decided to write a book, then another, then another and at some point writing became her real job. Someone is Lying is her fifth book and she is now unemployable in any other field.

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Someone-Lying-Jenny-Blackhurst-ebook/dp/B07JGYRWJ8

Imaginary friend extract by Stephen Chbosky

Blurb

Kate Reese is a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship by starting over in a new town, with her young son Christopher. But Mill Grove, Pennsylvania, is not the safe place they thought it would be…

Their world begins to unravel after Christopher vanishes into the Mission Street Woods – where 50 years earlier an eerily similar disappearance occurred. When he emerges six days later, unharmed but not unchanged, he brings with him a secret: a voice only he can hear and a warning of tragedy to come.

What follows is a moving, thrilling, chilling modern masterpiece – a work of towering imagination and emotional depth which unfolds on an epic canvas.

  • My Review

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In writing this, he has achieved the impossible: a book that can earn a place next to IT (by the author’s hero Stephen King) in the popular consciousness and the canon of American storytelling. Like King’s classic, this is a rabbit-hole of suspense-horror which takes an intimate, human story and unspools it across a canvas that is slowly revealed as bigger, deeper, and darker, than you could ever imagine.

and you are a huge King fan the only thing you can do is hit the request button and hope for the best. Many claim to be as good as King but few rarely are.

Wow was I surprised, this is epic. King is notorious for his depth of “unlikely characters” and it looks like Chbosky has learnt from the master. It gained my interest with the horror/mystery elements and kept it with skilful writing and characterisation.

My only disappointment was that it was only an extract.

About the author

Stephen Chbosky’s first novel, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER has sold over 3.6 million copies in the English language. In the twenty years since, Stephen has become a prominent screenwriter and director. In 2012 he wrote and directed the film adaptation of PERKS. In 2017 penned the live action adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and co-wrote and directed the screenplay of the mega-bestselling novel WONDER starring Julia Roberts.

Here is the Netgalley link https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/166890

Get requesting peeps !!!

Blog Tour-A Patient Man by S. Lynn Scott 4 stars⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to Matador books for my copy and to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for my place on the tour

Blurb

It is 1976 and Mikey, eight-years-old and street-wise beyond his years, is looking forward to a summer of freedom, roaming the creeks and the mud-flats of Canvey Island. But violent emotions are rumbling beneath the surface, about to destroy all that he thought he knew.

When Mikey’s neighbours, the Freemans, win a great deal of money, the old couple become the targets of a criminal act that leaves Peggy Freeman dead and her husband, Bert thirsting for revenge. Believing that young Mikey’s family is responsible, Bert devises a highly unusual but devastatingly effective form of reprisal. But where does the guilt really lie, and will there be punishment or redemption?

Told from Mikey’s viewpoint with light touches of humour, A Patient Man is a gripping crime novel peopled with believable characters who are drawn inexorably in to a story that explores the effects of greed, money and the human need for retribution.

 My Review

For a book that is only 195 pages this took me a surprisingly long time to read , probably because I wanted to savour every word. It’s descriptive charm of a time and place captures you from the start.

The author has really evoked what it was like growing up in the 70’s with nosy neighbours twitching behind curtains and kids getting up to mischief .

It showed the workings of a small community and how “a butterfly effect” can totally change the course of history.

Narrated by Mikey both as an adult and a young boy, he is from a family that are classed as “common as muck” and not in keeping with the rest of the community. They are the type of people you wouldn’t want as neighbours but were a joy to read. You will warm to Mikey, neglected and a bit of a scallywag, this is definitely a coming of age story as well as a crime novel.

Personally Mrs B was my favourite, we all know one of these and I’m pretty sure most neighbourhoods have one.

If you want a crime novel with a difference this is one I would really recommend.

About the author

S. Lynn Scott began her adult life determined to take the theatrical world by storm. The theatrical world, it turned out, wasn’t quite so keen to embrace her as she had expected it would be, and so, nothing daunted, she successfully turned her undoubted talents to Terpsichorean entertainment in dark, exotic places. There she learned that a jewelled bra and a very large feathered fan are no substitutes for a good book and a cheese and Branston Pickle sandwich. Her further youthful adventures are, mercifully, lost in the mists of time and she now lives with suitable decorum in Leicestershire where she writes, insists on directing others who are better at acting than she is, dreams of working for the RSC and then writes some more. “Elizabeth, William…and Me” is her first published novel. There are others waiting nervously in the wings.

 

Website : http://www.slynnscott.com/

Twitter : @SLSwriter

Link to buy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patient-Man-S-Lynn-Scott-ebook/dp/B07GPZ2KJ1